Some 460 individuals, mostly members of a tribal community in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte province, have left their homes due to alleged threats by communist rebels, the military said.
“The New People’s Army harassed and threatened the residents of Zapanta Valley,” said Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, public affairs officer of the Army’s 402nd Brigade.
The evacuees, mostly members of the Mamanwa tribe fled their homes Tuesday and moved to nearby village hall.
The rebels threatening the community belonged to the NPA’s Guerrilla Front 72, Pueblas claimed.
The NPA has yet to issue a statement on the alleged harassment.
Pueblas said they are currently conducting security operations but declined to give more details.
The local government through its local disaster risk reduction and management council is doing its efforts to help the displaced persons. By GD