Ka Bok was captured alive, tortured and subsequently murdered by fascists

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns in the strongest terms the cold-blooded murder of Ka Menandro Villanueva (Ka Bok), commander of the New People’s Army (NPA).

According to intelligence information gathered by the Mindanao Commission, Ka Bok was captured alive together with Ka Sandra Reyes (Ka Kaye) on December 24, 2021 in a gunbattle in Mabini town, Davao de Oro. The following day, the 10th ID publicly declared that Ka Kaye was killed in that firefight, but made no mention of Ka Bok.

In the following days, the 10th ID repeatedly issued press releases claiming that they are about to capture Villanueva and other leaders of the NPA in the Southern Mindanao region and distributed “wanted posters” with a digital cartographic of Ka Bok’s face and photos of other NPA personnel. On January 5, it repeatedly fired 105mm Howitzers although there was no gunbattle between the AFP and NPA.

On January 6, the 10th ID falsely claimed that Ka Bok was killed in gunbattle on January 5, 2022. This means Ka Bok or his body, was in the custody of the fascist AFP for around 12 days. He was likely subjected to torture before summarily executed.

We are still verifying reports that others may have been captured and remain in the custody of the AFP.

The cold-blooded murder of Ka Bok and Ka Kaye are brazen violations of international humanitarian law which guarantees the right to life of combatants captured or rendered incapable of fighting (hors de combat). The officers of the 10th ID and the entire AFP are a bunch of liars and murderers. Those responsible for the torture and murder of Ka Bok must be made to answer for their crimes. We hold the fascist murderer Rodrigo Duterte as the mastermind who gave the final order to execute Ka Bok while under custody.

The murder of Ka Bok after capture follows the similar crime perpetrated by the 4th ID against Ka Oris (Jorge Madlos) on October 29, 2021. Ka Oris, together with NPA medic Ka Pika, was traveling on motorcycle in Impasug-ong town, Bukidnon en route to a medical facility when waylaid by fascist troops and subsequently murdered.

Ka Bok was captured alive, tortured and subsequently murdered by fascists