Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rebels seize arms from Surigao political rally

Rebels seize arms from Surigao political rally*
by By Anthony Vargas

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Communist rebels crashed a political rally in Surigao del Sur province and seized at least eight firearms from the security escorts of several politicians Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Congressman Philip Pichay and Tago Mayor Hermenegildo Pimentel Jr. were leading the rally in Sitio Cadlom, Barangay Cabangahan, when it was rushed at around 1 p.m. by around 30 New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas led by Commander Puma of Front Committee 30, Chief Superintendent Lino Calingasan, Caraga regional police director, said.

The rebels took the M16 assault rifles of policemen Ricky Bagnol, Joel Galolo and Eliseo Bontor and the .45 caliber pistol of Emelio Ladaga. They also seized four AK-47 rifles, two of these “licensed to Congressman Pichay” and the other two to Mayor Pimentel and Henrich Pimentel, who is running for Tago mayor on May 10.