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NPA makes biggest haul of guns in raid on Butuan City security agency


BUTUAN CITY, Philippines—The National Democratic Front said Wednesday  that Monday’s raid by New People’s Army guerrillas on the headquarters of a security agency serving mining companies here resulted in the largest firearms haul for the rebels in years.

While NDF Mindanao spokesman Jorge Madlos did not say just how large the haul from the Earth Savers Security Agency at Aruville Subdivision in Barangay Libertad here was, police said the raiders carted away  46 AK-47 rifles, 3 M-14 sniper rifles, 10 shotguns, 10  9-millimeter pistols and an unspecified amount of ammunition.

Superintendent Martin Gamba, spokesperson of the Caraga police, said at least 20 NPA rebels in two vehicles arrived at the security agency’s headquarters, which is about two kilometers from the regional police headquarters, at around 8:30 p.m.

Gamba said the rebels gained entrance by posing as National Bureau of Investigation agents and presenting search warrants. They then disarmed the four guards on duty, he said.

Gamba admitted that the police failed to catch up with the fleeing rebels but an operation against them was continuing as of Wednesday.

“Investigations are also ongoing,” Gamba said.

Madlos, also known as Ka Oris, said in a statement that the volume of guns the rebels seized was so large it was considered the NPA’s biggest haul in years.

He said the NPA decided to target the security agency, owned by retired police official Cesar Nario, because its guards were involved in the harassment of oppositors to a Chinese-owned mining company  in Trento, Agusan del Sur.

“The security agency committed rampant abuses and harassment against civilians and lumads, who are opposed to mining,” Madlos told the Inquirer.

Madlos also branded the security agency as a “private army in disguise.”

Monday’s raid came barely a week after the NDF celebrated its 39th anniversary on April 24.

The NPA is known to carry similar raids when an organization under the Communist Party of the Philippines observes important events such as anniversaries.

On April 9, just 11 days after the NPA anniversary on March 29, communist rebels posing as soldiers also stormed the police station of Tigbao in Zamboanga del Sur and seized at least seven M16 rifles, an M14 assault rifle and a 9-mm pistol.

On December 16, a few days before the CPP’s anniversary on December 26, five soldiers were killed while two others were injured when NPA rebels stormed a military detachment in Tandag, Surigao del Sur.

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  • Palparan

    I-sarado na yang PADPAO na yan!

    Wala bang ibang alam ang mga sikyu maliban sa No ID, No Entry?

    • antonioluna

      kawawa ka naman kaya ka pala nagkaganyan pumapatay ng walang laban at nanggagahasa ng menor de edad dahil inabuso ka ng iyong mga magulang sana magamot pa ang iyong isip, hindi ko maisip kung ano ang nararamdaman mo noong dumadanas ka ng pangaabuso at kalupitan

      pagpasensyahan na po natin ang taong ito, isa syang biktima ng pangaabuso noong bata pa sya

      • Palparan

        magpa-inom ka sa mga kasamahan mong squatter dahil good news ito para a inyo…

        Komunistang bakla! Wahahahahahahaha!

      • antonioluna

        huwag kang mag alala naiintindihan ka na naman kung bakit ka naging mamamatay tao at rapist pa ng menor de edad, alam namin na kinawawa ka at inabuso ka ng iyong mga magulang noong bata ka pa, sana gumaling pa ang iyong nasirang pagkatao

      • Palparan

        bakit, na abuso ka ba nung bata ka pa? kaya pala naging isa kang komunistang bakla…


      • antonioluna

        huwag kang mag alala naiintindihan ka na namin kung bakit ka naging mamamatay tao at rapist pa ng menor de edad, alam namin na kinawawa ka at inabuso ka ng iyong mga magulang noong bata ka pa, sana gumaling pa ang iyong nasirang pagkatao

      • Palparan

        bakit, na abuso ka ba nung bata ka pa? kaya pala naging isa kang komunistang bakla…

  • http://civilservice.boxpinoy.com/civilserviceexam.php Rorschach

    tsk tsk tsk .

    Hanggat parusang baby ang approach nyo diyan goodluck, ipahuli nyo na kasi sa human rights activists, sila ang nakaka alam ng tamang paraan.

    Gaano ba kadami ang population ng NPA at hindi maubos ?

    Eh ang China?

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    taman tama
    mga kaka

    pambanat sa panatag at
    sa palawan
    kontra sa mga dayuhang tumitira
    sa atin

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