Sotero Llamas, former NPA chief in the Bicol region, is the latest victim in the series of killings of activists. He was gunned down in Tobaco, Albay this morning.
Llamas was a victim of the Arroyo goverment’s propaganda, according to Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo. Llamas was killed so that it would appear that the administration’s claim that there is an on-going purge in the communist movement, Ocampo said. This would make it really convenient for the goverment to blame on the Left the spate of killings of activists.
After he left the underground movement, Llamas became a National Democratic Front consultant and later a Bayan Muna founding member and officer. He left the party-list group in 2003 to run for the post of Albay governor under Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s ticket.
fLlamas was a forr