June 2, 2023

BANGUED, Abra – The Tingguian Community of Lacub is seeking justice for a recruit who was allegedly killed by the New Peoples’ Army rebels for wanting to leave the group and return to mainstream society.

The body of 20-year-old Jeffrey G. Reyes, single, a resident of Barangay Talampac, Lacub, and an alleged member of the Kilusang Larangang Guerilla North Abra, was retrieved at Sitio Sap-al, Barangay Buneg, Lacub on May 19. The body had a wound on the head.

The victim, aka “JefJef,” was allegedly recruited by the NPA rebels in December 2019.

The Council of Elders of Lacub has sought the help of the Philippine Army in preparing the charges against the perpetrators as the Tingguian community cries for justice and expressed   indignation against the acts of rebel groups in their municipality.

“The death of Jeffrey G. Reyes proves the vulnerability of our youths to various threats that may be caused by various lawless elements. This incident has further called for our concerted efforts to fight against illegal activities such as terrorism,” said Abra Provincial Police Office Officer-in-Charge, Col. Clarence C. Casilio.

He directed all concerned units to intensify their information dissemination activities to heighten community awareness on the anti-terrorism campaign of the PNP and the AFP.

The police enhanced their community engagement among the vulnerable members of the community, such as the youth, to protect them from the misleading propaganda of the CPP/NPA and prevent same incident from happening. – PIA release