Rebel atrocities continue in East Mindanao

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

MEMBERS of the New People's Army (NPA) have killed three people and wounded eight others over the weekend.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines' Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) reported Friday a grenade-throwing incident in Barangay San Roque, Panabo City, around 6:30 p.m.

A suspected NPA member reportedly sneaked from behind the Army troops who were conducting checkpoint by the roadside in front of the barangay hall and hurled the grenade.

The explosion resulted in the wounding of five soldiers identified as Sergeant Tapat, Sergeant delos Reyes, Corporal Arenasa, Private First Class Laroya, CAA Jimentesa and two civilians identified as Noli Paglinawan and Dominic Camansi.

A few minutes earlier, in T'boli, South Cotabato, six NPA rebels disarmed and shot guard on duty Lyndon Pasilan at the Sumifru banana plantation in Barangay Lacunon.

A co-worker, Jane, was also wounded during the attack. The rebels also carted away one 12-gauge shotgun upon escape.

Around 5:15 p.m. of November 13, unidentified armed rebels waylaid civilians in Sitio Matampay, Poblacion Uno in Banisilan, North Cotabato.

The victims were identified as Allan Labrador, Luz Villa, six-year-old Princes Grace and 13-year-old Annabelle Prael. The victims were said to be en route to Poblacion 1 onboard motorcycle when ambushed by the armed assailants.

In Gingoog City, Army troopers clashed with more or less 20 NPA rebels in Barangay San Miguel. One rebel was killed and two claymore mines, one fragmentation grenade, laptop and several personal belongings were recovered.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 14, 2011.

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