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Youth group condemns NPA for slay of member's father

By Alexander Lopez / Philippine News Agency

NPA KILLING CONDEMNED. Police forensic experts gather evidence after the killing of Severino Magallanes Calvarez, 66, at his house in Barangay Anticala on Jan. 24, 2022. He was the father of youth group Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) members in the Caraga Region. (Photo grabbed from KKDAT Caraga FB page)

BUTUAN CITY – Youth group Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) in the Caraga Region on Thursday condemned the communist New People’s Army (NPA) for the killing of the father of a KKDAT active member here.

In a statement, the group said the father of KKDAT member John Harold Calvarez, Severino, 66, a foreman working at Equi Parco Construction, was gunned down inside their house by at least eight NPA rebels.

Initial police report said the armed men forcibly entered the Calvarez’s house and shot him dead at around 7:40 p.m. on January 24 in Purok 1, Barangay Anticala.

“KKDAT Caraga strongly condemns the CPP-NPA-NDF (National Democratic Front) and all their cronies. How many lives must we waste for everything to end?” the group said.

It added: “All for the sake of an illusory ideology that only serves your brainwashed whims which will never happen. Indeed, the NPA only exists to plunder, to kill, and to destabilize.”

The group cited that the family of John Harold has contributed much to the anti-drugs and anti-terrorism movement in Butuan City.

“We strongly call for justice to be served! For John Harold and his hero father, and to everyone who has lost their lives and family members to this bloody movement,” the KKDAT Caraga said.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The Anti-Terrorism Council also formally designated the NDF as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA that was created in April 1973. (PNA)

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