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Reds Admit Killing 21 Government Men

The mainstream Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has admitted that guerilla fighters of its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), have killed 21 government troopers, including a police colonel, in a series of “tactical offensives” launched last month. This disclosure was made through the CPP’s underground publication, Ang Bayan, which the central leadership of the Maoist rebel movement also said will now be released fortnightly starting this month. The CPP said the NPA’s Melito Glor Command in Southern Tagalog killed on Valentine’s Day Senior Superintendent Eriberto Paglinawan, police chief of Cabuyao, Laguna, because of his involvement in spy missions and other forms of government operations against the rebel movement. Rebels who ambushed the police officer in Barangay Lumil in Silang, Cavite were able to take the victim’s M-14 rifle and cal. 45 service pistol, the CPP said. On Feb. 24, the communists said, guerillas of the NPA’s Jose Percival Estocada Command-Central Front in Capiz killed six elements of the Army’s Task Force Panay-Special Operations Team and a member of the Citizens’ Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) when they were waylaid in Barangay Daan Sur in TaPaz town. The rebels further “confiscated” from the slain government troopers an M-16 rifle, an M203 grenade launcher, an M-14 assault rifle and a two-way radio. The CPP admitted that the NPA guerilla who led the ambush, Ismael “Ka Bob” Greganto, was “martyred” during the gunfight. Full Story

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