A HEALTH officer of the local government of Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental and her husband, who is also a government employee, were shot dead by unidentified men in the city on Tuesday.
Police identified the fatalities as Dr. Mary Rose Sancelan, the city’s health officer, and her husband Edwin, an employee of the city government, both residents of Carmen Ville Subdivision, Barangay Poblacion in Guihulngan City.
The two were on their way home way home when two men attacked them inside the subdivision at around 5:20 p.m. They pronounced dead on arrival at the Guihulngan Hospital.
Responding policemen recovered at the scene 15 fired cartridges for cal. 45 pistol.
The human rights group Karapatan said Dr. Sancelan is also the head of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in Guihulngan City.
Karapatan said Sancelan was included in the “hit list” of Kagubak, a local anti-communist vigilante group involved in red-tagging organizations and individuals in Negros island.
It said a flyer obtained by Karapatan showed Sancelan being identified as a spokeswoman of the New People’s Army.
“Their killing reveals that the threats of tagging individuals as part of the New People’s Army are real and certainly not contrived,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.