Incident Summary:

11/17/2019: assailants shot an killed John Paul Sola, the grandson of the late Kabankalan Mayor Pablo Sola, on the Barile street bridge in Camansi, Negros Occidental, Philippines. The New People's Army (NPA) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the victim's "massive land grabbing, imprisoning and gunning of farmers, using goons and the Revolutionary Proletarian Army (RPA) to harass and threaten residents, and strafing peasants in 2014 while in a land cultivation activity." The victim's family doubted the veracity of the claim.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Negros Occidental


Location Details:
The incident occurred on the Barile street bridge.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Kabankalan
Specific Description Grandchild of Former Kabankalan Mayor: Pablo Sola
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Several .45-caliber and .9-mm pistols were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included John Paul Sola.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Grandson of ex-Kabankalan mayor slain in ambush," Philippines Daily Inquirer, November 18, 2019.