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Philippine Army's 'spy' slain

Monday, May 02, 2005
By Erwin Ambo S. Delilan

FOUR suspected guerillas of the mainstream Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army gunned down a 40-year-old Intelligence officer of the Philippine Army about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sitio Domingo, Barangay San Pablo, Manapla town.

The slain trooper was not in Army uniform and has no possession of any service firearm, said Lt. Col. Abraham Bagasin, 11th Infantry Battalion commanding officer, of Sgt. Tranquilino Malcredo Jr., of Kabankalan City in southern Negros Occidental.

Malcredo was detailed to the Alpha Company of the Army's 11th IB based in La Granja, La Carlota City.

He, however, was assigned in Manapla and other towns and cities in northern Negros.

Citing results of initial investigation, Bagasin said one of the four assassins was an "amazon" or a lady red fighter of the CPP-NPA.

Bagasin described Malcredo as an effective Army "spy."

He was used to elicit sensitive information from the underground movement, Bagasin said of Malcredo whom he added was used to go to various places in Negros Island, particularly in areas perceived as lairs of the NPA.

Bagasin lamented the Armyman's death but said it was part of the risk that comes with Malcredo's job.

Bagasin called on human rights crusaders in Negros to investigate the killing of Malcredo.

"Killing our operatives (who was not in uniform and gun) is tantamount to human rights violation," stressed the Army commander.

He said it's high time for human rights crusaders to investigate the left-leaning movements as they are just often nixing the military by tagging the soldiers as human rights violators.

Bagasin said aside from the regular benefits that the family of the slain Malcredo will receive, Malacañang will also give the victim's widow P100,000 in assistance.

"Malcredo was killed in action. He is entitled to receive due benefits stipulated in the Army's policy."

The Armyman's son may also receive scholarship grants from the government.

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