By GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN de Oro City--Suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) barged into the office of a security agency in Valencia City and took away assorted weapons Friday night, police said Saturday.
According to a report from the police regional office here, about 15 armed men believed to be NPA fighters but who were dressed in Philippine National Police (PNP) uniformed entered the office of the Dasia security agency in Hindangon, Barangay Poblacion, Valencia and pretending to conduct a search around the establishment.
The security agency is located inside the residence of a certain Joel Ariola. The NPA rebels carted away two AK47 rifles, an M16 rifle, three shotguns, and three caliber .38 revolver pistols.
While the insurgents searched the office, another group of police uniform-wearing NPA members conducted road block outside the Ariola’s house flagging down motorists.
Police Officer 1 Emilio Traya, a member of the Maramag municipal police station, who happened to have passed by was stopped at the roadblock.
Taken by the rebels from Traya’s possession was his government-issued 9mm Glock handgun. He was released unharmed right his firearm was confiscated.
Police said the raiding group belonged to the NPA’s Front Committee 86 sub-region guerrilla unit.
The suspects left the crime scene on a pick-up truck, two motorcycles, and two of the armored vans owned by Dasia.
Minutes later, the armored vans were found abandoned in the same barangay.
Police also detained one Luvimin Rosos, alias “Tiyal,” 18, male, and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Quezon town in Bukidnon, who was suspected as the NPA’s lookout.
Witnessed by village officials, law enforcers searched the room rented by Rosos in Hindangon and found inside were the following: surveillance cameras, night vision goggles, sniper’s veil, camouflage raincoat, hammock, black jacket, bullcap, eyeglasses.
The police also found flash card containing footages of Dasia, which investigators believe is part of the NPA’s surveillance and planning before they executed the operation.
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