Leftist rebels abduct, murder village leader in S. Philippines: military

21:38, June 09, 2010      

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Leftist rebels allegedly seized and killed a village leader in southern Philippines on Tuesday, the military on Wednesday said.

The body of Kitoy Melody was discovered by soldiers several kilometers from his house in Maligaya village, Columbio town in Mindanao's Sultan Kudarat province, several hours after armed men kidnapped him at around 11 p.m., Captain Emmanuel Garcia, an army division public affairs chief in the region said.

Garcia said Melody was snatched by New People's Army gunmen led by a certain Manuel Fernandez alias Bobo inside his house in sitio (community) Mauno.

"Another resident, former militiaman Eldie Banawag was almost kidnapped but he was able to escape as he saw the approaching NPA men," Garcia said, adding the assailants came from the "peace zone, " a part of the village deemed as a buffer zone where soldiers are not allowed to enter and operate.

The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was formed on March 29, 1969.

Source: Xinhua


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