Logging supervisor, 2 aides killed in NPA ambush in S. Kudarat

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – A logging supervisor and two of his aides were reportedly killed in an ambush perpetrated by the New People’s Army in the mountains Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat Thursday.

Senior Insp. Glenn Mar B. Avisa, Kalamansig Philippine National Police officer in charge, identified the fatality as Edgardo Valenzuela, 62, area supervisor of M & S Logging; Rolando Toledo, 28, company guard; and Nel Anthony Perreza, driver.

A company guard survivor, Jimmy Torion, was left by the rebels unhurt but the gunmen took his service firearm, police said.

The victims were on board a company owned Toyota Land Cruiser heading toward Camp Merrel in Barangay Sabanal when about 30 heavily armed NPA guerrillas set two improvised explosive devices and strafed the vehicle in Sitio Malayat, Barangay Limulan in Kalamansig at 8:15 a.m.

Quoting the survivor, police investigators said the gunmen approached the vehicle and took the two security guards’ firearms.

Manhunt has been launched by the Kalamansig PNP and members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-8 (MBLT-8).