Communist rebels claimed responsibility for the killing of a police colonel in Batangas earlier this week.

New People’s Army members carried out the “punishment” on Supt. Rodney Ramirez for his involvement in killings, among other “crimes,” Apolinario Matienza, spokesperson of the NPA Eduardo Dagli Command, said in a statement emailed to reporters.

“Ang isinagawang pagpaparusa ng BHB (Bagong Hukbong Bayan) kay Superintindent Ramirez ay tugon lamang sa karaingan ng mamamayan at kapamilya ng mga biktima ng karahasan,” Matienza said.

The rebel spokesperson said Ramirez, former head of the Batangas Provincial Police’s intelligence branch, ordered the killing of Kenneth Reyes, chairman of Brgy. Maguihan, Lemery, and provincial head of the militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, on April 11.

Matienza said Ramirez was also behind the demolition of “urban poor” houses and the killing of Sabina Mendoza Ariola, another militant group leader, during his stint as chief of police in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, in 2009.

He warned police and military personnel against following Ramirez’s actions.

“Ang sinumang gumawa ng paglabag sa karapatan ng mamamayan at krimen sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan ay magiging target ng operasyon ng BHB,” Matienza said.

Superintendent Arcadio Ronquillo, provincial police spokesman, expressed doubt over the rebels’ claim of killing Ramirez but declined to make further comments.

Provincial police director Senior Supt. Rosauro Acio, who was at a conference Thursday, may issue a statement on the rebels’ claim Friday, Ronquillo said. (John Roson)

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