NPA rebels seize 15 guns at the house of ‘scalawag cop’

NEW People’s Army guerilla seized 15 firearms from the house of a police officer whom they tagged as “scalawag” in Kidapawan City, Cotabato last March 15.

Rigoberto Sanchez, NPA southern Mindanao regional operations command spokesperson, said they were able to seize 15 firearms from the home of Reynaldo V. Dinampo in Barangay Mateo, Kidapawan at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Seized were four M4 Bushmaster rifles, two M14 rifles, two M203 grenade launchers, one Ultimax light machine gun, one KG9 sub-machine gun, a shotgun, four caliber .45 pistols, assorted ammunitions and magazines and various other military hardware, Sanchez said.

Dinampo’s residence is reportedly near the command headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion and just few minutes away from the city police headquarters.

The NPA accused Dinampo, as well as the PNP and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Region 12, from profiting in illegal arms trade.

“With the protection of mercenary police scalawags, Dinampo and his network of dealers smuggle arms and ammunition for private armies of warlords, big landlords and compradors, big bureaucrats and fanatic paramilitary groups in North Cotabato, Far South and Central Mindanao and some parts of Davao Region,” Sanchez said.

“The same weapons have targeted Lumad and peasants in the countryside, and other civilians and members of progressive groups,” he said.

The said weapons, the NPA spokesperson claimed, were even used in last year’s Kidapawan Massacre, which killed three and wounded at least 100.

“NPA units will continue to punish, disarm and dismantle arms trade made into milking cows by the ruling class and its armed forces at the expense of millions of poor Filipinos. While the AFP and the PNP engage themselves in all-out war, Oplan Tokhang and large miners and plantations, the NPA strives to launch more victorious tactical offensives for the benefit of the Filipino masses,” Sanchez said.

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