NPA unit kills notorious armed gangster in Badiangan, Iloilo arrest operation
By People’s Court Panay
NDFP Panay Provisional People’s Government
Demetrio Capilastique, Jr., alias Hugo, is the regional commander of RPA-ABB in Panay. Since 1994 he has been in the leadership of the traitorous counter-revolutionary RPA-ABB in the island.
There has been no end to the crimes and atrocities against the people committed by this ’special CAFGU’ and mercenary band of which Capilastique bears the primary responsibility, being the highest military official of the RPA-ABB in the region ever since their leader Daniel Batoy, alias Mokong, was meted out the death penalty by the revolutionary movement on 22 August 2004.
The crimes and accusations against Demetrio Capilastique, Jr., alias Hugo, have been piling up since 1994 up to the present. He never stopped committing heinous crimes and bear blood debts. The Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army in Panay have repeatedly warned Capilastique to stop and desist from leading, commanding and taking direct hand in atrocious crimes against the common people. These were not heeded by Capilastique and instead committed even worse criminal and traitorous acts. The following are some of the heinous crimes which Capilastique had a direct hand in or were executed under his command.
He is part of the leadership who committed the crime of mutiny against the legitimate leadership of the Party and NPA in the Southern Front in 1994. Together with Daniel Batoy, Capilastique led a significant portion of the NPA in the south to split from the revolutionary movement and conspire with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police against the revolution.
In collaboration with Nilo dela Cruz, Capilastique took part in planning the abduction of Luisa Posa and Nilo Arado at Oton on 12 April 2007. Luisa and Nilo were open mass leaders of progressive organizations in Panay.
The ambush and killing of Atty. Edgar Calizo in Kalibo, Aklan in 2004. The RPA-ABB was paid by Calizo’s adversary in a land dispute.
The ambush and killing of Jessie Cabalfin, a businessman at Buga, Leon in 2005.
The killing of Antonio Camiring and son Hilbert of Pepe, Leon on 23 December 2006.
The killing of a civilian named Ruel Tamano of Isauan, Tigbauan in 1994.
The killing of Virgilio Tubellera of sityo Lomboy, Bagacay, Tigbauan, 1995.
The killing of Rogelio Tabion of barangay Hamog, Leon in 1996.
The killing of Hernani Templo at sityo Lomboy, Bagacay, 1998.
The killing of Manuel Tacan of Ayubo, Tubungan, 1998.
The killing of Fred Cayapa of Cansilayan, Tigbauan, 2001.
The killing of Jimmy Gilange of Binanwaan, Camangahan, Guimbal, 2002.
With Daniel Batoy, Capilastique took part in planning the kidnapping and killing of Leovic Gutierrez, a mountaineer from Metro Manila, in the mountains of Aklan in 2003. They kidnapped and killed the victim. They asked for ransom money from the victim’s family even as they denied any involvement of the crime.
To control the quarrying business along the Suague River in Janiuay and to extort money, the RPA-ABB led by Capilastique killed Juanito Lutero (in 1998), who owns large tracts of lands near the Suague River, and Barangay Captain Jerry Colaja of Barangay Quipot, Janiuay. To take a double-crop from their extortion activities, the RPA-ABB also killed Miao Aportadera who designed and paid the RPA-ABB for the killing of Lutero.
Demetrio Capilastique, Jr was also involved in the 2002 kidnapping case of Jefferson Tan, son of a businessman in Iloilo. Capilastique’s mercenary gang are being coddled and protected by the AFP and the police in order to do paid and ”dirty jobs” for them. This is the reason why Capilastique’s gang was audacious enough to ambush even elements of the police of Janiuay in Barangay Patong-patong on 29 March 2008. A policeman was killed and two others were injured. But no one from the RPA-ABB was ever arrested and convicted of this crime. Aside from killings, Capilastique is also notorious in running a protection racket by extorting money from business people and barangay officials in different barrios under their control. Whoever refuses to submit would be punished by hold-up if not murder.
Since 1994 up to the present, Capilastique’s bandit gang has committed murder and extortion in the towns of Tigbauan, Leon, Tubungan, Guimbal, Janiuay, San Joaquin in the province of Iloilo; in the towns of Ibajay, Buruanga, Makato and Kalibo in Aklan and in Sibalom and Culasi in Antique.
The biggest racket of Capilastique is in controlling quarry operations at Suage River. The killing of Jerry Colaja of Quipot, Janiuay was over the control of quarry at the Suage. Capilastique extorts PhP10 (US$0.23) per truck of sand from quarry concessionaires aside from having his own quarry business. Capilastique has never been arrested for extortion but rather does it brazenly. The collapse of Suage Bridge wrought by supertyphoon Yolanda on 08 November 2013 was in fact due to uncontrolled quarrying. Not a single municipal official of Janiuay nor any provincial official ever complained and proposed a law to put an end to this ruinous quarrying.
After thorough and objective investigations of these accusations, the People’s Court had passed a judgment that these crimes were indeed heinous and Capilastique has blood debts.
Since 2001, Capilastique has already been sentenced to death on the series of crimes committed by RPA-ABB in Iloilo where Capilastique was its provincial commander. The People’s Court had ordered the arrest of Demetrio Capilastique Jr in order to face the charges against him. Aggrieved parties are interested to directly investigate Capilastique about his crimes and the whrereabouts of those they had abducted that are still missing.
In carrying out the court’s order, the NPA unit were reminded that they are about to arrest a fierce, armed and dangerous criminal. The arresting NPA unit tried to arrest Capilastique but instead of submitting, he violently resisted. Thus the unit was forced to defend itself and neutralize him.