Monday, May 10, 2010

NPA Rebels Continue Campaigning for Their Political Bets in Albay

POLITICAL CAMPAIGN MATERIALS. Recovered items from the captured NPA rebels during and encounter with Army soldiers in Bgy Rosario, Oas, Albay. The soldiers caught the rebels campaigning for their local and national bets in that hinterland village

CAMP SIMEON OLA, Legaspi City - Local terrorists of the CPP-NPA-NDF were caught by security forces while campaigning for their political bets in the hinterlands of Albay, a military official said.

Major Harold M Cabunoc, 9th Infantry Division Spokesman, said that a 9-man squad of soldiers who were sent on a security patrol in a remote village of Oas, Albay clashed with more or less 10 communist terrorists in Bgy Rosario of the said municipality at around 4:30am today.

Firefight lasted for about five minutes after which the terrorist rebels escaped towards the forested area of the said barangay leaving behind one of their comrade who surrendered with his firearm.

LtCol John Oberio, Commander of the 2nd Infantry Battalion, said that the encounter resulted to the capture of one of the rebels identified as a certain Renante Mortel and the recovery of a Cal 5.56mm M16A1 Rifle and an MK2 hand grenade.

The soldiers also confiscated 50 pcs of PTC cards and hundreds of sample ballots containing the names of Satur Ocampo and Liza Masa as well as their supported party list BAYAN MUNA were recovered during the said encounter.

“We received a ‘hot info’ from a barangay official that some heavily-armed rebels were campaigning in his village. I immediately sent my soldiers to check the enemy presence,” said Oberio.

“Our soldiers confiscated sample ballots containing the names of senatorial candidates Ocampo and Masa and their party list group Bayan Muna. They (rebels) are really aggressively supporting the candidacy of their bets,” added Oberio.

Mortel was brought to the 2nd IB camp for tactical interrogation. Oberio said that he will turn-over the captured bandit to the Oas Municipal Police Station for filing of criminal cases.

The CPP-NPA-NDF has admitted to the PTC/PTW collection of their members in the Bicol Region. Their admission came after the discovery of over 600 PTC cards during an encounter with NPA extortionists in Caramoran, Catanduanes on February 19, 2010.

Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division has directed all Army forces in the Bicol Region to intensify their security patrols to ensure the conduct of honest and peaceful election.

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