Troops seized IEDS, as rebels disarmed trader in South
group,” said Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the 6th Infantry Division.
But rebels also struck on the other side of the region and raided a house Bobby Calo, whose owns a hardware store and coconut farm in the town of Nasipit in Agusan del Norte province. Calo is also being accused by the NPA of maltreating his employees.
Omar Ibarra, a rebel spokesman, said they confiscated Calo’s automatic pistol and warned him to treat his employees fairly. “His workers had been complaining against his brutal and abusive conduct, such as beating his workers while at the field. Yet, he perpetuated such act. Hence, the Red fighters of NPA-WANAS made this decisive action. The Red fighters seized a Glock-40 from Calo. His long rifle was not confiscated for he kept it in his other place,” said Ibarra.
The NPA has been fighting for many decades now for the establishment of a separate state. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered troops to destroy the rebel group after government peace talks with the insurgents collapsed.