Leftist rebel die in C Philippines

14:14, June 25, 2010      

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A suspected leader of the New People's Army (NPA) died following a clash with the Philippine military in a province in Central Philippines Thursday night.

The suspect, Rolando Pamorada, is reportedly engaged in extortion activities in the area and has pending warrants of arrest for murder and kidnapping.

Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, the civil military operations officer of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division, told reporters on Friday that around 11:05 p.m. on Thursday, the troops caught up with some of the members of the leftist group in the province of Oriental Mindoro.

A clash ensued, resulting to the death of Pamorada who failed to escape with the rest of his gang. Recovered at the scene is a Carbine rifle, a cal. 45 pistol, a laptop computer, three cellular phones, 14 SIM cards and P57,000 cash.

The military's opeartion in the area was part of its campaign against the insurgents, including their extortion activities against the hapless civilians, Detoyato said.

"The continuous anti-extortion operations of the joint Army- PNP elements started when reports of the NPA's collecting of PTC/ PTW (permit to campaign/permit to win) became rampant in the island of Mindoro during the election campaign period (last May)," Detoyato said.

Source: Xinhua


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