NPA received three M16 rifles, three pistols from detainees who escaped torture and threats of summary execution at the hands of the Calbiga police
The Efren Martires Command of the New People’s Army-Eastern Visayas announced today that Rowel Mabahin and his brother, who is a minor, surrendered to the NPA immediately after escaping from detention at the police station in Calbiga, Western Samar last March 15. The brothers voluntarily turned over to the NPA three M16 rifles, two .45 cal. pistols and one 9mm pistol, three ammunition pouches, 12 M16 magazines and 300 bullets, two cellphones and other items. The Mabahin brothers are now in the custody of the NPA.
According to the Efren Martires Command, “The Mabahin brothers told the NPA they escaped from the custody of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines out of fear for their lives. This was because a certain SPO1 Eduardo T. Burca threatened to summarily execute them after showing them a video of the NPA ambush in Motiong, Western Samar that same day. The Mabahin brothers had reason to be afraid because the younger brother had already suffered torture. The Calbiga police forcibly poured water mixed with hot pepper down his throat while holding him down. The younger Mabahin thus incurred a deep hatred of the police because of his torture.”
The NPA added the brothers were driven to commit common crimes because of poverty, hunger and disenfranchisement. The brothers are accused under the GRP’s reactionary justice system of stealing two motorcycles and injuring a peasant who accused one of them of theft. The NPA said the brothers are ready to face the revolutionary justice system of the People’s Democratic Government because they will undergo due process, their rights will be fully respected, and if they indeed need to face trial, their youth and willingness to renew their lives will be duly considered.#