Thursday, November 13, 2014

NPA rebels raid village chief’s house, cart away Php1.5M in cash, 4 guns

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 12 (PNA) -- New People’s Army (NPA) rebels took Php1.5 million in cash and four firearms in a raid on the residence of the lady village chief of Barangay Mabiton, Claveria, Masbate, on Tuesday afternoon.

A police report identified the victim as barangay captain Karren Bellesteros, 27, single, businesswoman and daughter of an incumbent municipal councilor of the town.

The report said that at about 1 p.m., Bellesteros and her household members were busy watching a television show when about 30 armed rebels arrived and surrounded their residence.

Some rebels barged in, ransacked the house and found the cash inside the village chief’s room.

The communist dissidents took the money and four firearms, two shotguns and two .45-caliber pistols -- all registered in the name the local government unit of Claveria, and casually left.

Bellesteros co-villagers were surprised with what they witnessed and just closed their windows out of fear.

The rebels did not harm the lady village head and her companions. (PNA) FFC/FGS/EMC/CBD