The Bienvenido Vallever Command (BVC) of the New People’s Army (NPA) has claimed responsibility for the shooting of PSMSgt. Nelzahib Aizo in Aborlan town.
The group said they punished the latter for allegedly planting drug evidence against his target extortion victims.
In a press statement released by Salvador Luminoso, spokesperson of the BVC Bagong Hukbong Bayan on June 1, he said Aizo was the subject of various complaints by Aborlan residents for “laglag droga” and his alleged latest victims were Ismael Canja and Jeffrey Mones.
“Si SPO2 Nelzahib Aizo na kabilang sa PNP-Aborlan ay matagal nang inirereklamo ng mamamayan ng Aborlan dahil sa hindi makataong mga gawain nito tulad ng pagtatanim ng mga pekeng ebidensya sa mga target nitong nais kutungan o huthutan ng salapi,” the BVC statement said.
Aizo was shot dead on the morning of May 31 in Brgy. Plaridel, Aborlan municipality by three unidentified suspects riding a motorcycle while walking near his home.
The NPA command in the province also accused him of being a shabu pusher who colluded with untouchable drug lords such as Paulo Duterte, son of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Ang mga reklamo kay SPO2 Nelzahib Aizo ay naiparating sa BVC na kaagad namang nagpadala ng isang team upang mag-imbestiga sa katotohanan ng ulat at matapos mapatunayang totoo lahat ang reklamo ay iniutos ng pamunuan ng BVC ang agarang pagpapatupad ng hatol na kamatayan [sa kanya] dahil mabigat ang krimen niyang nagawa bilang drug pusher na sumisira sa buhay ng mga mamamayan,” the statement said.
But Police Regional Office (PRO) MIMAROPA spokesperson PCol. Socrates Faltado said their investigation on Aizo’s killing is still ongoing, pointing out that they are not sure if the liquidation was indeed carried out by the NPA.
However, he said the names mentioned by the BVC might not be “fictitious”.
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“Sa ngayon hindi namin sigurado kung NPA nga ang gumawa niyan dahil wala naman kaming nakukuhang complainant sa mga taong sinasabi ng NPA sa kanilang pahayag. May imbestigasyon tayong inaasahan na magbibigay ng tamang salarin sa insidente na iyan. Iyan ay pwede naming ipagpalagay na mga hitman sa lugar,” Faltado said.
He said the angle in the killing could also be due to illegal drugs because Aizo was a policeman on active duty.
Faltado said he will refer the press statement from the NPA to the investigation division.
“Hindi nga ficticious [ang mga pangalan] kaya possible na ‘yong angle ay droga at hindi NPA. May validation ang mga suspects sa drugs bago ito ipasok sa buy-bust kaya nakakapag-isip lang na susuportahan ng NPA ang drug suspects. Anyway, hinihingi niyo ang opinion ko kaya ito ang naisip ko. Sa Monday ay pag-aaralan ito (press statement) ng investigation division,” he said.
On April 19, 2019, the NPA also owned up to the killing of Corporal Alfred John de Leon of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 4 in Brgy. Tagusao, Quezon.
On January 8, 2019, PSSgt. Rodelph Saldajeno of Rizal town, southern Palawan, was also shot and killed by unidentified suspects in front of the municipal station.