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Rebs say ‘hitman’ held by Surigao cops not one of their own

                                                                                                                                                                                  Skeptica

Communist rebels have disowned an alleged insurgent who has been arrested by government agents and accused of being a leader of a hit squad blamed for the murder of government troops and civilians in Caraga.

In a statement, Ka Oto, spokesperson of the New People’s Army (NPA) Front Committee 16 in Northeastern Mindanao, said on Tuesday that Peter Larase, alias Ka Hector had never been an active member of the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) which had been waging war against the government for nearly 50 years.

“We categorically deny the military allegation that certain Peter Larase alias Ka Hector was an NPA member,” Oto said.

“We investigated and we found out Larase has a brother who is a member of Philippine Army. Larase, according to our investigation, is in extortion, gun for hire.”

Larase was arrested by combined police and military personnel in Claver, Surigao del Norte province, on September 2 on the basis of warrants for attempted murder and other crimes.

Larase is currently detained at the holding cell in Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Office while awaiting transfer to a regular jail.

But 2Lt. Jonel Castillo, 30 IB civil-military operations officer, said Larase served as one of the leaders of NPA’s infamous hit squads, the so-called Sparrow units.

“Based on the documents recovered from his possession, he is leading a team of NPA Sparrow unit planning to liquidate some personalities particularly government forces”, Castillo said. By Ben Serrano and CLC

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