1 dead in NPA attack in Bukidnon
COTABATO, Philippines - A security guard was killed and at least one civilian was injured after New People's Army (NPA) gunmen raided a pineapple plantation in Bukidnon on Tuesday, February 19, police said.
Around 6.40 pm, an estimated 150 armed rebels stormed Camp Philips of Del Monte Philippines in Damilag, Manolo Fortich, according to provincial police Inspector Rustico Gala-Gala.
Gala-Gala said that the gunmen were looking for a certain man, but after they failed to find him, they proceeded to a gasoline station, where they disarmed the guard before engaging the company's security personnel in a gunfight.
The guard perished and a civilian was hit by a stray bullet.
Later the rebels set several pieces of heavy equipment on fire before they fled to the mountains, Gala-Gala added.
Soldiers and police were deployed to track down the NPA gunmen, which on their way to their hideout ambushed and disarmed local policemen inside a patrol car and took away their rifles, a military source told Rappler. - with reports from Jef Maitem & Carlos Santamaria/Rappler.com