DUMARAO, Capiz – Members of the Nonito Aguirre Sr. Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Eastern Panay successfully disarmed a local landlord in Dumarao, Capiz yesterday afternoon, June 6.
Around 20 NPAs raided the houses of Aurelio Longno and his son Boyet, in Sibariwan village of this town.
“This NPA action was a punishment to stop Longno from his abusive and exploitative control of farmers and land grabbing,” said the NPA command.
Confiscated from older Longno were a 9mm pistol, a .22 caliber magnum, and 12-gauge shotgun bullets. Seized from his son were a .38 caliber pistol, and a homemade shotgun.
The NPA added that they also received information of high powered firearms pawned to Longno by a local of Dumarao who is said to be member of a notorious syndicate and also alleged to have links with Iloilo druglord Richard Prevendido.
In May 2014, the same NPA command disarmed and warned Darwin Celiz, a local businessman, a drug dealer and part of the drug network in Roxas City to stop his drug-related activities.
The NPA strongly prohibits the use of illegal drugs and warns dealers and protectors who will use their areas as hideouts and bases of drug operations that they will face punitive actions.
“The difficulty to stop the proliferation illegal drugs remains because of protection by big politicians, the police and the army and due to poverty,” added the NPA command. (John Ian S. Alenciaga | panaytoday.net)