Bula Observer Quick Press
As stated, Bulan Observer condemns any violence or direct threat to the life of any person in Bulan. The attack on the house of Mayor Helen De Castro and her family last February 3, 2009 by several gunmen was not to the favor of any peace-loving and democratic citizen of Bulan. Though we are not in possession of further details related to the incident, and therefore not in the position to give full objectivity on our judgement, we however consider the act itself of using forced entry and armed threat as a clear violation of Article 3, Bill Of Rights, Section 2, which states:
” The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures of whatever nature and for any purpose shall be inviolable,..”
We ask this armed group of people who were involved in this unlawfull act of violence to respect the people of Bulan and to leave them secure in their persons and houses.
We now wish Mayor Helen De Castro full recovery from this traumatic incident.
February 06, 2009 05:21 PM Friday
Rebels rob local chief exec’s house
By: Alfred P. Dalizon
SUSPECTED New People’s Army rebels raided the house of Bulan, Sorsogon Mayor Helen de Castro and took away several valuables, including a 12-gauge shotgun and 12 units of hand-held radios last Tuesday morning.
Police Regional Office 5 director, Chief Supt. Paterno Bangui said the suspects, who were clad in camouflage uniforms, surprised people at the house of De Castro.
At gunpoint, the armed men ordered them to lie down on the ground before ransacking the place.
The suspects then escaped towards Barangay Calomogan, also in Bulan town, where they engaged pursuing policemen in a gunfight.
Bangui said no casualty was reported in the exchange of fire while troops are still tracking down the suspects.
Source: The Earth Times
Manila – Communist rebels raided the house of a town mayor in the eastern Philippines, carting away a shotgun and 12 handheld radios, a regional police spokesman said Wednesday. Superintendent Eliazar Bron said no one was injured when about 20 heavily armed guerrillas barged into the house of Mayor Helen de Castro of Bulan town in Sorsogon province, 390 kilometres south-east of Manila, on Tuesday.
Bron said government troops have been dispatched to pursue the rebels who fled to nearby mountains.
Communist rebels have been fighting the Philippine government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia.
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