3 civilians slain in rebel attack

By Gerry Lee Gorit, The Philippine Star

Posted at Dec 03 2013 08:42 AM | Updated as of Dec 03 2013 04:42 PM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY , Philippines – Three persons were killed when suspected New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas attacked a village in Talakag town in Bukidnon on Sunday.

Some 20 armed men reportedly arrived at Sitio Abel in Barangay Miaraoyan and strafed a cluster of houses, apparently to sow fear among the residents, according to Capt. Christian Uy, spokesman for the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division based in this city.

Eddie Gawahan, Jonnel Yanda and his mother Germinia were found dead with bullet wounds inside their homes.

Uy said the NPA usually harasses and kills civilians in areas where the group has lost the support of residents. Government troops are pursuing the rebels, he said.

Meanwhile, in the nearby Misamis Oriental, the 58th Infantry Battalion based in Claveria town was placed on alert following reports of NPA threats to industrial establishments in the municipalities of Balingasag and Villanueva.

The NPA will be celebrating its 44th anniversary this month.