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MANILA, Philippines - An off-duty militiaman was gunned down by suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Agusan del Sur last week, the military said in belated report Monday.

Second Lieutenant Hazel Tabago, commanding officer of the 41st civil-military operations company, said Danilo Bacudan, a member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) was shot while attempting to flee from about four rebels in Purok 12, Barangay Awao, Sta. Josefa town last January 25.

Tabago said Bacudan, together with a certain Darwen Laspinas, was held at gunpoint by the rebels and was reportedly told that they would not be killed if they did not run. However, Bacudan ran toward his residence and was shot first on the right leg then on the head.

"We are deeply saddened by this incident that resulted in the death of one of our Cafgu members assigned in our area of responsibility," Tabago said.

Bacudan was off-duty at the time of the shooting and was going home to his family at the time.

"We condemn these criminal acts of the NPAs who violate the laws of war by firing upon an unarmed person and killing someone who is already wounded instead of helping him and giving him first aid," Tabago said.