NPAs haul 103 firearms in Davao prison raid

DAPECOL, Davao del Norte (MindaNews/08 April) — New People’s Army guerrillas
swooped down on the country’s third largest penal farm here at pre-dawn of
Easter Sunday and cleaned its armory of 103 firearms, many of them vintage
weapons.

About 30 guerrillas pulled off the raid in about 20 minutes without firing a shot.

The Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF), popularly called by its former name,
Dapecol (Davao Penal Colony), 50 kilometers northeast of Davao City, appeared
to be lightly guarded.

Chief Superintendent Andres Caro II, Davao Regional police director, said the
rebels carted away five M-16s, one of them from the guard outpost of the
adjacent banana plantation of the Floirendo-owned Tadeco farm, 45 carbine
rifles, 46 shotguns and seven .38 caliber pistols. He did not say if
ammunitions were also taken.

Caro said the rebels quickly overpowered at gunpoint the two guards at the
main gate of the Dapecol at past 2:00 am Sunday, and the two other guards
assigned at the gate of the compound housing the administration building and
the armory. The armory compound is about 500 meters from the main gate.

The rebels were clad in military fatigue-uniform with the anti-terrorism Task
Force Davao insignia and patches on them and rode in five vans-for-hire when
they pretended to suffer one defective vehicle, Caro said. “They pushed the
van toward the main gate [of Dapecol] and asked the two guards to see
Assistant Penal Supt. Gerardo Padilla.” Click here for full story.

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