FIVE people were killed after a group of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked on Tuesday a rubber plantation owned by a town mayor in a village in Agusan del Sur, police reports said on Wednesday.
Reports at the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame said that, NPA rebels raided the rubber plantation owned by Esperanza Mayor Leonida Mantilan at Sitio Camarangan, Barangay Hawilian, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.
The reports said that rebels swooped down on the rubber plantation at around 10 a.m. Tuesday and hogtied two caretakers, Angel Cosan and Danny Linonsag, before shooting them to death.
After the killing, they burned some heavy equipment inside the plantation and escaped toward the direction of Km7 of Barangay Milagros also of the same town, the reports said.
The reports said that the rebels then attacked the church of “Pinagbuklod” and captured three persons, which were identified as Felipe Hadraque, a former member of the Philippine Army; Remy Polintan and Jun Tria.
The three were also hogtied before the rebels shot them dead; witnesses said Tria tried to escape, but was shot and died before reaching a local hospital, the reports said.
The reports also said that the rebels also burned seven more heavy equipment owned by Shanalyn Corp. that were parked near the church.
The rebels also seized two forward trucks that were delivering corn products and a van on its way to a beach outing, which they intercepted at Sitio Landing in Barangay Tungao, Butuan City, the reports said.
The reports added that combined army and police forces have been deployed in the area to pursue the attackers.