MISAMIS Oriental--The communist New People’s Army (NPA) on Wednesday disowned the burning of houses and a church in the hinterland village of Opol, Misamis Oriental Monday morning.
In a statement relayed to the Mindanao Daily News, a certain Nicolas Marino who claimed to be the spokesperson of the NPA-Misamis Oriental, denied that the burning was the handiwork of the communist rebels.
“We are investigating the incident involving two rival groups in the area where the burning incident took place,” Marino said.
The military has accused the communist insurgents responsible for the burning of four houses and a church managed by a born-again sect in the area.
The victims told the joint police and military investigators that the heavily armed suspects swooped down on Limonda, a far-flung village of Opol, the last town west of Misamis Oriental early Monday morning.
Town Mayor Max Seno, of Opol, on Wednesday sent 2o bags of rice, five boxes of canned goods and five boxes of noodles to the Limonda victims.
Seno also issued four handheld radios to the village officials to be able to monitor and report to concern authorities any incident in the village.
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