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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with United States of America Senator Cory Gardner who paid a courtesy call on the President in Manila on May 31, 2017. Joining the President is Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano while Senator Gardner was accompanied by US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

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A week after their simultaneous raids in Lorenzo-owned companies in Davao, the New People’s Army rebels strike again this time attacking a mining firm in Mati City, Davao Oriental morning of May 6.
Like their early morning raid in Lapanday Foods Corporation in Mandug, Davao City last April 29, the rebels also raided the Mil-Oro Mining Corporation in Barangay Macambol, Mati City around 4:30 am Saturday.

About 15 heavily-armed rebels overpowered the guards and took away seven firearms with several rounds of ammunitions. The report said guerrillas also took nine handheld radios, three GPS gadgets, a laptop computer, a printer, a digital camera, two wristwatches and a pair of shoes.

The rebels also torched a total of 27 vehicles before leaving the area. Estimated cost of damage is placed at P109 million.

The military is now conducting hot pursuit operation against the rebels.

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A frustrated murder complaint was filed against self-confessed Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato by one of his victims in Digos City, Davao del Sur Friday, September 23.

The complainant, Abeto Salcedo Jr., positively identified Matobato as the gunman who shot him at close range as he was emerging from the DAR provincial office in Digos City last October 24, 2014.

“I could not be mistaken,” he said, adding that only his car’s window glass separated him from the gunman.

Salcedo sustained three bullets wounds that remained lodged inside his body to this day.

Salcedo, a retired adjudicator of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Southern Mindanao, was accompanied by a lawyer when he filed the frustrated murder complaint against Edgar Matobato at the city prosecutors office in Digos City this morning.

Assistant City Prosecutor Jehrameel Libre, who received Salcedo’s complaint, said they have 60 days to decide whether or not to pursue the case in court.

Matobato, who had admitted to being a gun for hire, said on Thursday upon questioning by Senator Tito Sotto, that he had no involvement in the Salcedo slay-try, saying he was under the Witness Protection Program at that time.