NPA Sighting Confirmed

PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte — Lt. Col. Desiderio Alava, Army chief based in the province, has confirmed an intelligence report about the  recent sighting of New People’s Army rebels roaming in this eastern town. He said however that this group of suspected communist insurgents were unarmed when they mingled with the villagers. The rebels’ mission may be non-combatant as they probably were trying to convince anew some former comrades to rejoin the underground movement, he said.