DAVAO CITY, Philippines, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- A former commander of the leftist New People's Army was shot and killed by his alleged former comrades in southern Philippines on Sunday night, the military on Monday said.
Ruperto Cadungog died to multiple gunshot wounds after being attacked by several gunmen inside his house in Central village, Mati City, in Mindanao's Davao Oriental province around 7:45 p.m., according to Capt. Raul Villegas, public affairs chief of the army' s 10th Infantry Division. "He was a former commander of the NPA who opted to return to the folds of law to engage in gainful employment to provide for his family but was mercilessly killed by his former comrades," Villegas said.
The 4,000-strong NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been fighting a leftist insurgency in 60 Philippine provinces since 1969.