Philippines: New People’s Army Seizes 24 Firearms in Negros

May 21, 2010 Ang Bayan (bimonthly newspaper of the Communist Party of the Philippines)

The New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros [an island in the central Philippines] seized 24 firearms in two separate disarming operations before the end of April.

At dusk of April 30, Red fighters under the Roger Mahinay Command (RMC-NPA) raided the Maricalum Mining Company in Barangay San Jose, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, seizing 20 firearms from armed guards and from two responding policemen from the Sipalay PNP Substation.

The arms seizure comprised 12 Mossberg shotguns, two cal .38 revolvers, two 9 mm pistols, two .22 revolvers, an M16, an M14, a grenade, rounds of ammunition and other military equipment. The NPA held Maricalum Mining Company’s chief security guard for a number of hours.

The company was formerly known as the Marinduque Mining and Industrial Corporation and is now managed by G Holdings Inc. The NPA had already warned the company when it raided its airplane hangar more than a month ago.

RMC-NPA spokesperson Ka Nilo Magtanggopl said that they raided the company again because it disregarded the NPA’s longstanding warning for it to stop shooting at scavengers of scrap metal from its compound. The mining company’s guards have killed more than a hundred people over the years.

Earlier, Red fighters from the Roselyn “Ka Jean” Pelle Command (RPC) also disarmed an element of the bandit Revolutionary Proletarian Army (RPA) and two guards employed by a big landlord at a house in Sitio Minauyahan, Barangay Mina-utok, Calatrava, Negros Occidental on April 27. Seized were an M16 rifle with nine magazines, a KG9 machine pistol and two shotguns.

The house. which is owned by the Lumayno family sits on a farm whose administrator is Raul Baterna, a brutal former sergeant of the defunct Philippine Constabulary. Peasants and farm workers working the land have long complained of being terrorized and mauled by the Lumaynos’ armed guards.

The RPC said the NPA has received orders from the people’s court to arrest Bebe Lumayno and Baterna for cases such as landgrabbing and employing private goons, including elements of the RPA.

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