MANILA - Communist rebels abducted and released 6 farm workers, including 2 off-duty militiamen, in Quezon Province, a police report said.
Suspected members of the New People's Army "ransacked" a ranch in San Francisco town on Monday afternoon and took with them the ranch's security personnel and the members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit, who were working in the farm.
They were released hours later, according to the report by Chief Inspector Margarito Umali of the Quezon Provincial Office.
The raid happened days after President Rodrigo Duterte dined with some 241 former rebels from Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte in Malacañang.
In December, Duterte signed a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army a terror organization, marking a major shift in the once-vibrant ties between the leader and the armed Left.
The Department of Justice also filed a petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court to cite the CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations.
- report from Noel Alamar, ABS-CBN News