CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Members of the PNP Special Action Force led by PSI Banderado were ambushed by suspected CPP-NPA-NDF along the national highway at Bgy Bading, Uson, Masbate, at around 1:45pm on 07 February 2010, an Army officer said here today.
Quoting a report from STF Masbate, Major Harold Cabunoc, Spokesperson of the 9th Infantry Division, said that the PNP personnel were on board a Toyota Hilux police vehicle with plate number SHS 687 when improvised explosive devices were detonated by suspected NPA terrorists. The explosion injured PO1 Ronnel Rodriguez who was hit by shrapnel debris on his left leg, and PO1 Michael Sauro who slightly injured his eyes due to the blast. Both PNP personnel are now in stable condition after being treated in a local hospital.
Troops of the 9th Infantry Battalion under LTC Anthony Purugganan quickly launched a joint pursuit operations with the PNP SAF under PSI Decena in the said area.
In January of this year, two separate ambuscades were also staged by suspected members of the NPA bandits against the 9th Infantry Battalion in Mobo, Masbate during which 4 Army soldiers were injured and the ambush on PNP personnel in Esperanza town which destroyed the PNP vehicle.
In an unrelated incident, a COMELEC checkpoint manned by PNP personnel led by PI Rodolfo Oliver Jr and PCI Roderick Campo, apprehended suspected PAG members at about 7:45pm on 07 Feb 2010 in Bgy San Roque Poblacion, Nabua, Camarines Sur. The suspected PAG members were identified as Gilbert Osea, 56 yrs old of San Rafael, Bato, Cam Sur; and Marlo Nieva y Francia,39yrs old of Bgy Tres Reyes, Bato, Cam Sur. They were on board a Starex van with plate number BDS 485 when they were stopped by policemen who noticed their unusual behavior. Recovered were a Cal 45 pistol with SN 735145, 1 Colt Cal 45 MKIV with SN 758391 and several rounds of live ammunition.
The duo are now in the custody of the PNP as appropriate charges are filed against them in the local courts.