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Comrade 'Turncoat' Dies in a Hail of Bullets

Romulo Kintanar lay in a satin-lined white coffin in a room full of flowers and weeping women. He wore a black suit, a starched white shirt and a big silver crucifix on his chest. It was an unlikely outfit for a man who had devoted much of his 50-year life to Maoist revolution and was once among the most revered commanders of the communist New People’s Army of the Philippines. But some still feared the God-fearing “Ka Romy”. Two weeks ago, as he sat in a Japanese restaurant in the Manila suburb of Quezon City with a producer who planned to film his life story, two men came off the street and shot him dead in a barrage of bullets. There was no time for Mr Kintanar to grab the pistol he was carrying in a bag beside his chair. A few days later, the New People’s Army claimed responsibility for executing the former comrade who once headed its jungle warfare training but was expelled from the party 10 years ago. Full Story

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