Richard Paras who was ambushed-killed by the 402nd DRC
in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, is not a member of the NPA!*
Ka Maria Malaya
National Democratic Front -North Eastern Mindanao
June 1, 2011
We would like to clarify that RICHARD PARAS IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE NEW PEOPLE’S ARMY (NPA) as declared by the military. Richard Paras was ambushed-killed by the 402nd DRC in Lingin-Bato, Padiay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur last May 29, 2011.
In May 29, 2011, a group of New People’s Army from Front 21 encountered a column from the army’s 402nd DRC. Because the Comrades were not favourably positioned, two firearms were left behind when they withdrew. But nobody was killed among the Red Fighters.
The Comrades in Front 21 were then puzzled upon hearing the news that a Red Fighter was killed last May 30, 2011. They immediately investigated the news. Killed was a certain Richard Paras, single and 20 years old, according to the parents.
The army ambush of Richard Paras, happened less than an hour from when they encountered members of the NPA from Front 21. Richard came from Sityo Magkalatag, Padiay, Agusan del Sur going to New Tubigon, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur where he would have to pass through the road in Lingin-bato. Richard Paras’ parents’ residence was registered as New Tubigon, Sibagat because they had just transferred residence in Magkalatag, Padiay, Agusan del Sur.
We reiterate that: the military’s declaration that Richard Paras is a member of the NPA is a big lie. He is also not 17 years of age but 20 years old.
We hope that the military will not make it difficult for the family of Richard to retrieve the body of their son. The military should own up to their mistake in killing Richard Paras. The military should shoulder all expenses for the proper burial of the body.