NPA threatens Abra gov’t worker

A GOVERNMENT worker now fears for her life after alleged members of the New People’s Army tried to extort money.

In the morning of November 30, Philippine Information Agency Abra Infocen Manager Teresa Beñas received a call from a certain Commander Lawin asking her for money to be used for fueling their vehicle to transport supplies of the rebel group operating in the province.

"I refused to give in to their demand since I am just a simple government employee to which they threatened to kill me for not acceding to their demand," said Beñas.

The threat did not deter Beñas from immediately informing Abra Provincial Police Director Police Chief Superintendent Dominador De Guzman of the threat coming from the rebel group who immediately provided security for the information officer.

"After informing Colonel De Guzman of the threat, I immediately informed PIA-CAR Regional Director Helen Tibaldo of the incident who have readied specific actions for me and my co-employees safety, aside from the security provided for me by the PNP," Beñas explained.

The PNP traced the call emanated from Davao Del Norte which was their basis to say the alleged members of the NPA are part of the lost command who conducts extortion activities in different parts of the country.

In the last quarterly meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting held in the province of Abra last month, the Northern Luzon Command of the AFP reported the extent of extortion activities of the rebel group operating in Northern Luzon.
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