By Francis Allan L. Angelo


A FACTION of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) said one of their former members killed in a shootout with the police was on a “death mission” in Oton, Iloilo.

In a statement sent to The Daily Guardian, Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas-RPA-ABB spokesperson Rosa Nava said Rexel “Macky” Vallejo of Ibajay, Aklan was a gun-for-hire.

Vallejo was killed in a four-hour shootout with the Oton police Sunday morning at Brgy. Manwe in the said town.

The Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) later found out that Vallejo was part of the RPA-ABB splinter group headed by Stephen Paduano alias Carapali Luwalhati, Rafael “Ka Rebo” Tidula, Ramel Farrol and Veronica Tabara.

The other RPA-ABB faction where Nava belongs is headed Nilo dela Cruz.    

Citing their own investigation, Nava said Tidula dispatched Vallejo and two other companions to kill a money lender based in Oton.

Nava also accused Farol and Tidula of extortion and the bombing of the heavy equipment of a construction company in Alimodian, Iloilo last year.

“They also served as guns-for-hire resulting in the death of Brgy. Captain Eleuterio Tabion of Jamog, Tigbauan and many others and syndicated land transaction with the landlord against the poor famers of Aklan,” Nava added.

The Daily Guardian tried to get the side of Paduano’s camp but none of them were available.

The RPA-ABB was split into two splinters following disputes over party funds and projects granted by the Philippine government under the December 2000 peace agreement.