ARAKAN, Cotabato —Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Monday morning raided an oil palm plantation and seized high-powered firearms in Bgy. Gambudes in Arakan, Cotabato.
At least 10 firearms were confiscated by the rebels from the plantation's security guards.
The incident took place a few hours after members of the 72nd and 73rd fronts of the NPA killed nine soldiers in the towns of Tulunan and Makilala.
Alejandro Canete, the village chief, said suspected NPA rebels swooped down the village and raided the oil palm plantation owned by businessman and former municipal councilor Saturnino Amatac of Matalam town in Cotabato.
Amatac’s oil palm plantation is estimated to be at least 300 hectares.
Canete disclosed that the rebels overpowered the plantation guards led by former Army Sgt. Glenn Arreola.
The rebels then brought Arreola in the village where he was publicly executed.
The 53rd Front of the NPA operating in the said town has not yet issued an official statement owning up to the raid.