Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members raided the sub-provincial jail of Eastern Samar in Oras town Monday morning, siezing firearms and equipment from guards without a firefight, police said.

Senior Supt. Emmanuel Cubillo, Eastern Samar Provincial Police director, said about 30 fully-armed rebels carried out the raid around 8:30 a.m.

“‘Yung 14 (rebels), sumakay ng dalawang tricycle, bawat tricycle pito ang laman, ‘yun ang pumarada kaagad dun sa entrance ng sub-provincial jail… tinutukan ‘yung mga guwardiya, di nakareact kaagad yung mga guwardiya. ‘Yung iba naman, about 15, nandoon na sa vicinity,” Cubillo said in a phone interview.

Taken from the jail guards were a caliber-.45 pistol, a caliber-.38 revolver, a shotgun, a Garand rifle, a laptop, and personal belongings, he said.

“Wala namang firefight o ano kasi naunahan ‘yung mga jailguard doon, natutukan ng mga NPA… wala namang pinuslit din na mga inmates, baril lang ang tinangay,” Cubillo said.

As the raid was ongoing, some of the rebels also went to the home of Oras town policeman PO2 Vicente Pajanustan, located just 50 meters from the jail and took his M16 rifle, according to the provincial police chief.

“Mga roughly 10 to 20 minutes ‘yung buong insidente,” Chief Insp. Apolonio Borata, Oras Police chief, said in a separate interview.

The attack came as police, not only in Oras but in the whole country, was under “full alert” for All Saints’ Day.

Members of the PNP Provincial Public Safety Company and Philippine Army, who have an outpost near the jail, have been sent to pursue the raiders, Cubillo said. (John Roson)

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