Military: NPA kills Cagayan councilor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — Members of the New People's Army (NPA) killed a town councilor in Cagayan on Saturday, the military said in a statement Sunday.

Baggao Councilor Angelo Luis was shot in his house at around 7 a.m. on Saturday, according to the military.

The rebel group also took four firearms owned by the 56-year-old councilor.

The military further reported around 17 members of the Henry Abraham Command, the NPA unit operating in Eastern Cagayan, were seen at the councilor's residence in Barangay Awallan, Baggao, Cagayan.

It is still unclear why the government of official was targeted.

The Armed Forces' Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) said it condemns the killing.

"The NPA is justifying their terror act as they claim that it serves as a capital punishment for committing grave offenses against the people," the statement added.

Last Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police and military to shoot members of the armed group.

"They will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he's holding any firearms, shoot," Duterte said.

It followed Duterte's Proclamation No. 360, terminating peace negotiations with the rebels.

READ: Duterte orders police, military: Shoot an armed NPA rebel if you see one

The President said an executive order is in the works to formalize the declaration of communist rebels as terrorists.

READ: Duterte to declare NPA as terrorist group

The Armed Forces estimates there are around 3,800 NPA fighters in the country. The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines that has waged a 48-year-old insurgency, the longest-running in Asia.