NPAs kill 2 former comrades who have joined amnesty program

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MEMBERS OF the communist New People’s Army (NPA) executed late Wednesday a couple who surrendered early this year and entered an amnesty program for former rebels, police said. According to the provincial police, Felix Abaniel, 50, and his wife Teresita, 51, were killed on the spot when NPAs barged into their house in Makilala and opened fire with assault rifles. Superintendent Bernard Tayong, spokesman of the Cotabato provincial police, said Thursday that residents of Barangay Singkatulan have confirmed that the two were killed by NPAs. There is strong NPA presence in Makilala town in North Cotabato from whose residents rebels periodically collect food and protection money. The NPA in Cotabato has executed at least 20 former comrades in the past 12 months. — PhilStar