Philippines: Large raid by New People’s Army on mining company’s “private army”

NPA makes biggest haul of guns in raid on Butuan City security agency

By ,   Wednesday, April 25th, 2012


BUTUAN CITY, Philippines—The National Democratic Front said Wednesday  that Monday’s raid by New People’s Army guerrillas on the headquarters of a security agency serving mining companies here resulted in the largest firearms haul for the rebels in years.
While NDF Mindanao spokesman Jorge Madlos did not say just how large the haul from the Earth Savers Security Agency at Aruville Subdivision in Barangay Libertad here was, police said the raiders carted away  46 AK-47 rifles, 3 M-14 sniper rifles, 10 shotguns, 10  9-millimeter pistols and an unspecified amount of ammunition.
Superintendent Martin Gamba, spokesperson of the Caraga police, said at least 20 NPA rebels in two vehicles arrived at the security agency’s headquarters, which is about two kilometers from the regional police headquarters, at around 8:30 p.m.
Gamba said the rebels gained entrance by posing as National Bureau of Investigation agents and presenting search warrants. They then disarmed the four guards on duty, he said.
Gamba admitted that the police failed to catch up with the fleeing rebels but an operation against them was continuing as of Wednesday.
“Investigations are also ongoing,” Gamba said.
Madlos, also known as Ka Oris, said in a statement that the volume of guns the rebels seized was so large it was considered the NPA’s biggest haul in years. Continue reading