Suspected military informant gunned down

Police respond to a hospital where a farmer, believed to be a military informant, was gunned down by two suspected NPA rebels in Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – Police are verifying information if a farmer, who was shot dead by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members at Sitio Colihao, Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental last Thursday, was an informant of the government forces.

The victim was identified as Raul Enmacino, 49, of the said village.

Lieutenant Colonel Reynante Jomocan Jr., city police chief, said Enmacino was at the rice field near his house when he was approached by two unidentified armed persons.

They had a brief conversation, after which, gunshots were then heard, according to some witnesses.

The victim suffered gunshot wounds in the head and chest, according to the police. He was declared dead in a hospital.

Enmacino’s wife turned over to the police a cartridge of 5.56mm caliber ammunition.

Jomocan said the victim reportedly accommodated an NPA couple before they were killed in a clash with military troopers in the said village in April 2022.

The victim was also being suspected as an informant or asset of the military, but Jomocan said that such is subject to confirmation.