Philippine authorities say suspected communist rebels in the south have killed a rubber plantation manager who was also a military intelligence agent.

Kidapawan town police chief Renante Cabico says two men shot Patrick Winiger at close range Wednesday as he was buying vegetables in the local market. The gunmen took Winiger's pistol and wallet and fled on motorcycles with two other men who served as lookouts.

Cabico says the 47-year-old served as a military intelligence agent and was an anti-communist crusader who had organized local tribesmen to fight the rebel New People's Army.

Regional military spokesman Col. Leopoldo Galon says Winiger's plantation hires former rebels.

Cabico says Winiger is of Swiss descent and was born in the Philippines.