Slain NPA guerilla in Quezon clash was PSAT valedictorian
Pandan, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 24-Feb-2019  ·  
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John Carlo Alberto

John Carlo Capistrano Alberto, the 21-year old University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) student who was killed last week in an encounter between New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas and government soldiers in Quezon province, was a native of Pandan town who graduated valedictorian in its biggest high school.

Born on Oct. 23, 1997, Alberto entered Pandan School of Arts and Trades (PSAT) in 2009 and graduated four years later as valedictorian.

He presumably passed the University of the Philippines College Aptitude Test (UPCAT) and was accepted at the UP Los Baños Campus where he enrolled in Veterinary Medicine. His family also moved to Tanza, Cavite.

Sometime after his studies began, he became engaged with a progressive youth group, Anakbayan. Elected as councilor and former Education and Research Committee head at the college student council, he soon became the council’s chairperson and at Anakbayan-UPLB became its vice chairperson.

On June 12, 2015, he and two other UPLB students - Romina Marcaida and Chachi Cañeso – were arrested by the police for alleged illegal assembly after joining a lightning rally in Cavite.

In January 2019, according to his fellow students, Alberto reportedly joined the NPA in what turned out to be a short-lived stint.

Last week in Sitio Pinamintian, barangay San Buenaventura, Luisiana, Laguna, at around 9 a.m. of Feb. 14, 2019, he was the lone fatality among the NPA guerillas during the encounter in which two women NPA members were also wounded. According to reports, the military, who were going after rebels responsible for burning heavy equipment in Infanta, Quezon, seized from the scene improvised explosives, detonator, tents, eight mobile phones, and a computer tablet.

Meanwhile, the police are still looking for a native of Agojo, San Andres who ran amok and shot four people to death in Teresa, Rizal recently.

John Albert Araojo, allegedly the nephew of the Agojo barangay chairman, fled after killing bakery owner Ruben Francisco, tricycle driver Celso Bernales and bystander Wilfredo Lukban at the scene at Subdivision Homes in barangay Bagumbayan, with the fourth, bystander, Marvin Miotin, succumbing to his injuries at a hospital. Four other bystanders were injured.

According to the Teresa police, the suspect, John Albert Araojo, was having a drinking spree with his cousin and an unidentified person to celebrate his birthday before he ran amok.

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