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NPA seizes 2 cops in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Suspected communist rebels are believed to be holding 2 policemen who were seized by gunmen in a daring broad daylight assault in the southern Philippines, police said Tuesday.

Police said armed members of the New People’s Army arrived in two vans and abducted PO2 John Paul Doberte and his partner PO2 Alfredo Degamon Jr. while guarding their post in Placer town in Surigao del Norte province on Monday afternoon.

The vans, believed to have been stolen by the rebels, were abandoned and recovered by pursing policemen on a village called Mabini, also in Placer. The fate of the policemen remains unknown.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, did not issue any statement on the abduction of Doberte and Degamon. The rebels had previously abducted policeman and soldiers and branded them as prisoners of war as part of their propaganda to show that they are still a force to reckon with.

Rebel leaders have repeatedly warned that they will strike hard against government forces after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped peace talks with the communist group due to the NPA’s continued attacks in the country.

Just recently, rebels also killed a policeman in Duterte’s hometown of Davao after attacking him in the village of New Valencia in Tugbok district. The victim was travelling on a motorcycle when attacked by the NPA. (Mindanao Examiner)

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