A security guard was found dead after being shot by still unidentified assailants inside the compound of a mining company in Aroroy, Masbate, on Sunday, police said.

Chief Insp. Edgar Delfin, Masbate Provincial Police spokesman, identified the victim as Rolando Riva, a guard at the Filminera Resources Corp. compound in Brgy. Puro.

Riva a resident of Baleno and employed by the NC Lanting security agency, suffered bullet wounds to the different parts of the body, Delfin said.

Investigation showed that Riva was on duty when he was shot to death.

Local police found at the scene three spent shells of a caliber-.9mm pistol and cigarette butts believed to be that of the assailants.

The pieces of evidence have been brought to the Masbate Provincial Crime Laboratory for ballistics examination and other tests, Delfin said.

Filminera, backed by Australian Central Gold Asia Mining Ltd., operates a large-scale gold mine dubbed as the Masbate gold project in Brgy. Puro.

Anti-mining groups, as well as left-leaning organizations, have opposed the project for being “unsafe” to the environment.

The rebel New People’s Army (NPA) has claimed responsibility for several attacks on Filminera.

Among the attacks said to be carried out by the NPA was the bombing that left a crater at the company’s compound on June 30. (John Roson)

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