NPA may be behind it, police say
Suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) abducted three village officials in Aroroy, Masbate, early Tuesday, but one escaped.
Abducted were Barangay Cabas-an chair Aniano Capinig, Kagawad Victorino Piorado and watchman Arnel Refanan, according to a report from the Bicol regional police which suspect NPA rebels were the culprits.
Capinig, reportedly a former NPA member himself, escaped.
About 30 armed men abducted the trio in Cabas-an around 5 a.m.
They were tied up, brought to the hills and were threatened that they will be killed, Capinig narrated.
Policemen, soldiers and the Philippine Coast Guard have been deployed to monitor the gunmen’s whereabouts.
Authorities also received tips that the gunmen were seen in Aroroy town, carrying improvised explosives and apparently heading toward Baleno.
ASG belongings seized
In Indanan, Sulu, government forces seized a speed boat and several war materiel allegedly owned by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
Soldiers seized one M16 rifle with an attached M203 grenade launcher, several magazines and rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade, seven mobile phones and personal belongings, according to a report from the Armed Forces’ Joint Task Force (JTF)-Sulu.
Members of the Army’s 2nd Special Forces Battalion found the items in Sito Andihi, Barangay Malimbaya, around 2 p.m. Monday.
Troops were then tracking down ASG member Injimar Mangkabong and his cohorts, who were allegedly part of the militant group’s kidnapping operations, the report said.
Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, JTF-Sulu commander, said the capture of the boat and war materiel effectively foiled a kidnapping incident and would cause further setbacks to the terrorists.
“This means no food and no ammunition for the bandits. We are taking this opportunity. The Special Forces is in pursuit and the rest of the 1101st Brigade’s troops are on the lookout,” he said.
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