Leftist rebels kill captured soldier in Philippines
Leftist rebels in the southern Philippines have executed a state soldier they captured on Thursday, officials said Sunday,according to Xinhua.
The body of Staff Sergeant Rollen Maglangit of the Philippine Military's 36th Infantry Battalion, was recovered with 15 gunshot wounds around 6:30 p.m. Saturday (1030 GMT) in the province of Compostela Valley, local police director Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa told a local radio station.
Maglangit was seized by New Peoples Army guerillas in the village of Pasian in the township of Monkayo.
"The victim was summarily executed in firing squad," Maglangit said.
Regional military spokesman Major Randolph Cabangbang told Xinhua by phone that Maglangit's remains was discovered by villagers 14 km away from the center of pasian village in Mongkayo township.
Last week, leftist rebels also killed a former military they captured on May 9.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the military to end the insurgency problem on or before her term ends in June next year. As of the end of last December, the military said the NPA has more than 5,000 fighters and over 60 guerrilla fronts throughout the country.
Peace talks between the government and the leftist rebels bogged down in 2004 after the United States classified the NPA and its parent Communist Party of the Philippines as foreign terrorist organizations.