CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Soldiers of the 903rd Brigade who were conducting security patrol captured an NPA rebel who was guarding an arms cache in Sorsogon yesterday, a military report said .
Colonel Joselito Bernardo, Brigade Commander of the 903rd Infantry Brigade, said that an infantry platoon from his unit led by 1st Lieutenant Edgar V Obenieta Jr captured an NPA bandit during a security patrol in Bgy Tongdol, Irosin, Sorsogon at around 5:00pm on March 16, 2010.
The captured rebel was identified as Renato Dilasan a.k.a. “Ding” of Samahang Platon Pamproganda 2 (SPP2) Front Committee 80 of the CPP-NPA’s Bicol Regional Party Committee. “He was cleaning his M16 rifle when we caught him off-guard. Thankful that we didn’t shoot him, he fully cooperated by pinpointing the exact location of the NPA’s arms cache.”, said Obenieta.
The troops recovered two Cal 5.56mm M16 Rifles, one Cal .30 M1 Carbine, three Cal. 45 M1911A1 Pistol, one Cal .38 revolver, three MK2 hand grenades, two Rifle Grenades, assorted ammunitions including more than 300 rounds of Cal 5.56mm and several backpacks containing subversive documents of high intelligence value.
Early this year, government troops scored a decisive engagement against the bandit group on January 11, 2010 in Bgy Ginangra, Magallanes, Sorsogon which netted seven high-powered firearms and two dead rebels.
Since then, NPA rebels were engaged in small-scale attacks targeting unarmed soldiers and militiamen. Two militiamen were killed by the NPAs special partisan unit (SPARU) murderers in this province alone.
“This latest accomplishment can effectively cripple the local bandit group members who are intensifying its extortion activities in the province. I have always appreciated the full cooperation extended by the civilian populace who always provided us with reliable information to us.”, said Major General Ruperto R Pabustan, the Commander of the 9th Infantry Division.