Ex-rebel leader slain by suspected NPA hitmen–military

TAGUM CITY, Philippines—Suspected communist hitmen shot dead a former rebel leader in full view of his family in Mati City in Davao Oriental on Sunday evening. Capt. Raul Villegas, spokesperson of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said Ruperto Cadungog, alias Toper, was inside his house in Sitio Fairview in Barangay Central when several men barged in at around 7:45 p.m.

Villegas said the suspected New People’s Army hitmen rained bullets on Cadungog as his family watched then fled the scene. “The victim, who used to be an NPA commander, was brutally killed by his former comrades in front of his family,” Villegas said. It was not clear why Cadungog was killed.

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