NPA rebels kill village leader in Davao

Subscribe Now January 09, 2011 at 12:58pm

Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels killed a village chairman, held his wife hostage, and left 3 soldiers injured in an attack in Malita town in Davao del Sur on Saturday, the military said. Around 30 communist rebels first abducted Susan Danwata, 52, wife of village chieftain Ramon Danwata, around 9 a.m. in Datu Danwata village, said Lieutenant Colonel Medel Aguilar, spokesman of the Army's 10th Infantry Division.

The rebels, belonging to the NPA's Guerilla Front 71, then took their hostage to the couple's house and called on the village official to come out.

"Barangay Captain Danwata, a staunch supporter of the government's peace and development program came out, but was peppered with bullets by his wife's hostage takers and died instantly," Aguilar said.

The guerrillas released the woman later.

Aguilar said responding troops from the Army's 39th Infantry Battalion were ambushed later by the rebels at the nearby village of Bolila.

Three soldiers, who were injured in the attack, are now recuperating at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City.

Davao del Sur police chief Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, meanwhile, claimed that around 180 rebels attacked the house of the village chief.

He did not mention of the supposed abduction of the victim’s wife.

Citing an initial investigation, dela Rosa said that the rebels, upon approaching the house of the village chairman, opened fired at a police volunteer "who was able to run for his life,” leaving the barangay captain alone in his house.

The barangay official "tried to repulse the attack by returning fire but he was outnumbered and eventually killed” by the rebels led by certain Commanders Waren, Yoyong, Brigol, Jay-R, Vivian and Bryan, according to police.

Dela Rosa said the soldiers were ambushed at Bolila village around 12:30 p.m. also on Saturday, while responding to the incident.

He named the injured soldiers as a Sargeant Lazona, a Private First Class (Pfc.) Antiveros, and a Pfc. Tamba.

Dela Rosa said murder charge is being readied against the rebels while forces from the 39th Infantry Battalion are conducting pursuit operations.

He said 2 police teams are on standby for possible support to the soldiers.


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