REMEDIOS T ROMUALDEZ, Agusan del Norte--Three high-powered firearms were seized by government forces after repulsing an attack staged by NPA bandits in San Antonio village here early morning today (May 4).
A military report said that at least 30 rebels swooped down on a remote and secluded military detachment manned by militiamen administered by the Army's 402nd Brigade at around 4:30am, triggering a 3-hour gun fight.
Suffering numerous casualties, the bandits escaped dragging along their wounded and dead comrades.
The troops recovered a Cal 7.62mm M14 Rifle and two 5.56mm M16A1 Rifle from the bandit position.
It can be recalled that another group of bandits attacked the convoy of Gingoog Mayor Ruth Guingona a few days ago.
They also kidnapped a mayoralty candidate and two others in Compostela Valley for their refusal to pay permit to campaign (PTC) fees demanded by the bandits.
NPA bandits are earning millions of pesos from their extortion activities.
During election period, some of the politicians who are running for elective posts are forced to pay extortion in order to campaign in remote villages.
There are no indications that political candidates running under the umbrella of the so-called 'left-leaning' organizations have paid PTC/PTW fees to the NPA bandits.