Prominent Davao activist Alvin Luque–who after many threats to his life by suspected State agents joined the New People’s Army (NPA)–was killed by a composite military and police team in a raid at 1AM this morning in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.
The Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division said Luque, also known by his nom de guerre Joaquin Jacinto, was killed along with a yet unidentified male medic at Hermanias Resort, Purok Milion, Barangay San Agustin by elements of the Philippine Army’s 401st Brigade and the Philippine National Police-Caraga.
The military said they raided Luque’s hideout to serve an arrest warrant but were fired upon.
The ensuing firefight eventually led to the death of the victims, the military press release said.
Luque had at least five pending cases in various courts in Mindanao and a Php6 million bounty for his arrest, the military added.
He was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
The military also claimed the raiding team recovered a handgun, a grenade, various kinds of ammunition, bomb paraphernalia, an NPA flag and documents at the scene.
Independent Kodao sources confirmed that one of the victims was Luque.
They said that Luque was ailing, unable to walk and a hors de combat (unable to fight), thus the presence of the medic with him.
A frail asthmatic even before joining the NPA, Luque suffered from other ailments that forced him to seek medical care in the Surigao del Sur capital city of Tandag.
Luque and his medic’s killing was reminiscent of the deaths of legendary NPA commander Leoncio “Parago” Pitao and his medic in Davao City in June 2015.
The NPA said Pitao was also being medically attended to when summarily fired upon by government soldiers.
Luque first gained prominence as secretary general of the Southern Mindanao chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in the late 1990s to early 2000s.
Previously, he was a student activist at the Ateneo de Davao University, a consistent candidate in the school’s student council elections.
In the 2001 national and local elections, Luque was a candidate for a Davao City Council seat with then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s party. He narrowly lost.
Due to his inclusion in the military’s order of battle lists and red-tagging campaigns by suspected State agents, Luque decided to join the NPA sometime in 2007.
In an essay, Luque wrote, “I have chosen not to submit myself to the processes of the law under the present reactionary government in the interest primarily of self-preservation, and to be effective still in contributing to the people’s struggle for national liberation and democracy.”
Luque regularly featured in news reports and radio interviews as one of the more eloquent spokespersons of the Communist guerilla army.
He was also the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Mindanao.
A Philippine News Agency report said Luque rose to become a member of the executive committee and spokesperson of the Mindanao Commission of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). # (Raymund B. Villanueva)