Rebels seize firearms of village leader

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Communist rebels seized the firearms of a former village leader and a civilian in Zamboanga del Sur’s Lapuyan town, police said Sunday.

Authorities reported that about a dozen gunmen wearing military uniforms entered the village of Mandeg and introduced themselves as New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.

The group proceeded to the residence of a certain Monico Mandeg and seized his .45-caliber pistol.

The rebels also confiscated two more .45-caliber pistol and a shotgun from one Camilo Anguid.


The rebels fled after the confiscation of the weapons, leaving the two men shaken by the incident.

Earlier this month, dozens of NPA rebels disguised as government troops also raided Camp Blessing in the town of Bayog in Zamboanga del Sur and seized weapons issued by the military to local militias.

The rebels, numbering about 40, also seized communication equipment from village chieftain Reynaldo Villaver.

They stayed for about 45 minutes in the village before fleeing to the nearby hills.

The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been waging an armed struggle for decades now in an effort to establish a separate Maoist state in the country.

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