Minor killed in NPA attack in Masbate

LEGAZPI CITY — A 15-year-old boy was killed Saturday when suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked a group of Army soldiers doing repair work at a daycare center in Barangay (village) Libertad, Cawayan town in Masbate.

Philippine Army’s 903rd Brigade commander Col. Greg Almiro said Vincent Pekiro, 15, student and a resident of the said village, was killed in the incident.

Almiro said a group of NPA rebels attack at around 4:30 p.m. Saturday while a platoon of Army soldiers was conducting repair works at a Daycare Center in said village.

At the first volley of gunfire from the NPA rebels, a bullet hit the boy who was then watching the soldier do some repair work.

The Army soldiers quickly retaliated and fired back at the rebels who have positioned themselves about 200 meters away from the daycare center.

The NPA rebels immediately fled towards the neighboring villages. Mar Arguelles/PNA-northboundasia.com