CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur –A local politician was shot dead yesterday, March 4, 2010, by NPA extortionists for refusing to pay the permit to win/permit to campaign (PTW/PTC) fees, a military report said.
An incident report submitted by 1st Lieutenant Allan Divina, an infantry company commander of the 9th ID, stated that at about 4:00pm yesterday, Ponciano Numeron, 50, was brutally murdered by four (4) NPA rebels in Bgy San Antonio, Pasacao, Camarines, Sur. The victim was visiting a community in South Ulaniban of the aforementioned barangay to help restore busted street lights when he was shot many times with a Caliber 45 pistol resulting to his instantaneous death. His killers immediately fled the scene after the incident.
According to some close friends who refused to be identified, Numeron earlier received a text message from the CPP-NPA-NDF demanding PTC/PTW fees. As a former policeman, Numeron refused to pay extortion money despite the grave threats he received.
The victim have served as a police officer in Pasacao Municipal Police Station for many years before retiring and later became a member of the Board of Directors of an electric cooperative of the province. Last year, he decided to run for municipal councilor under the Lakas-Kampi banner.
Major Harold M Cabunoc, Chief of the Public Affairs Office, 9ID, said that Numeron is the third victim of summary executions perpetrated by the NPA rebels in Pasacao town alone. Five militiamen, a farmer suspected as a military informant, and a rebel returnee were also killed by SPARU assasins of the CPP-NPA-NDF around the Bicol Region for the past two months, Cabunoc added.