Killing of Ronald Sendrijas

Bohol province continues to be a dangerous place for militants. After Mario Auxillo of Bayan Muna was gunned down last year, Ronald Sendrijas, who was trying to lead a normal life the past several months, was shot dead last Jan. 17 in Tagbilaran City.

A suspected former leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s ArmyRonald Sendrijas (CPP-NPA) in Central Visayas, Sendrijas was gunned down while buying medicine from a pharmacy along Gallares Street, Tagbilaran City.

I don’t actually know Sendrijas, but I find the incident unfortunate. He should have assessed his security situation considering that some NPA operations have been attributed to him. By staying in Bohol, he was actually courting death.

Here’s more information taken from a Philippine Daily Inquirer report:

Two assailants riding on a motorcycle arrived at the vicinity and the back-rider disembarked from the vehicle, approached Sendrijas and shot him twice.

Sendrijas, who turned 35 on Thursday, was shot in the back of his head with a 9-millimeter pistol. The attackers then rode away from the crime scene towards and unknown direction.

His sister said Sendrijas had been receiving death threats in the past several months. A few hours before he was murdered, Sendrijas allegedly received a call through his cell phone from one of those making the death threats.

Military and police operatives arrested Sendrijas (also known as “Ka Aram” and “Foreigner”) in the mountain village of Gutlang in Argao town, Cebu in May 2004 but he was released after posting bail in August 2006.

Sendrijas was captured with another suspected NPA commander, Jigger Geverola, now detained at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC).

Sendrijas, a native of San Jose, Inabanga, Bohol, had been charged with rebellion, murder, multiple murder, multiple frustrated murder and robbery in band.

He was linked to an NPA raid on the 702nd Provincial Mobile Group based in Sta. Fe, Danao, Bohol on Dec. 14, 1999 when two soldiers were killed while the camp commander was wounded. The troops’ firearms and equipment were carted away from the camp.

Sendrijas has a pending case for rebellion before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 52 in Talibon, Bohol and robbery with serious physical injuries before RTC Branch 25 in Danao City, Cebu.

However, after his release from CPDRC in 2006, Sendrijas had been inactive with the underground movement and later campaigned for his relatives who ran during the May 2007 elections.

-Bong Wenceslao, January 18, 2008

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