NPAs raid former Army officer's house, seize arms and bullets
Bacuag, Surigao del Norte (February 8) -- At least 15 heavily armed men believed to be communist-New People's Army (NPA) rebels raided a house of a retired Army officer and carted away arms and bullets at the hinterland of Sitio Baliw, Barangay Payapag, Bacuag town, Surigao del Norte province, police reported Monday.
The raid of the residence of retired Staff Sergeant Edijan A. Tadifa happened at 5 a.m. on Sunday.
Seized from his residence one caliber.45 pistol with three magazines; one carbine rifles with three magazines; 20 magazines of M16 rifle; one rifle grenade; one hand grenade and assorted AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) uniforms.
The police report did not indicate if the Army officer was in his house nor other members of his family during the raid.
The armed men fled to unknown direction after ransacking Tadifa's firearms and ammunition, the police report added.
According to the report, the raiders were alleged members of Front Committee 16-A of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) under certain "Ka Macky".
Bacuag Municipal Police Station is conducting further investigation.
Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan, regional director of Police Regional Office 13, also ordered manhunt against the suspects. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]