SUSPECTED REBEL GUNS DOWN NAVY OFFICER IN ALBAY
LEGAZPI CITY — A suspected member of the New People’s Army (NPA) gunned down a Philippine Navy (PN) officer in Pio Duran, a coastal town in Albay, on Friday.
Killed was Jesus Jacinto Saavedra, 55, Senior Chief Petty Officer assigned at the PN headquarters based in this city, spokesperson of the PN Naval Forces in Southern Luzon, Ensign Estela Jane Sasil, said on Saturday.
Sasil said the victim, a native of Barangay Caratagan in Pio Duran, was on his way home when he was attacked by a suspected NPA hitman at about 4:10 p.m. The victim died on the spot, a police report said.
Sasil said the victim, who was set to retire next year, has received death threats as he was active in civil-military operations in Albay.
Quoting an intelligence report, she said the victim’s name was on the communist rebels’ hit list. (PNA)
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