Saturday, June 19, 2010

Alert Guards Thwarted Cellsite Burning by NPA Terrorists in Masbate

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Security guards manning the Globe cellsite prevented the attempted burning of their transmitter facility in Masbate Province two days ago, a military official said.

Colonel Lope Dagoy, Commander of the 85th Infantry Battalion said that more or less 5 suspected NPA terrorist rebels attacked the Globe cellsite in Poblacion, Esperanza town at around 11:30pm on 17 June 2010 (Thursday).

Dagoy said that the rebels lobbed at least 4 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the power generator but the posted security guards fought-off the attackers by firing their shotguns at the attackers who were positioned outside the fence.

“The rebels ran away when the ‘blue guards’ started firing their weapons to defend the facility. The generator set suffered minor dents and the transmitter is fully operational. These civilian guards must be commended for their heroic actions because this acts of bravery must be the fine example to all other personnel in the security industry,” said Dagoy.

This attack on the Globe cellsite coincided with the harassment of the 85th Infantry Battalion’s company base in Uson town, by more or less 5 rebels at around 10:00pm on that same day.

No one was reported injured in the 5-minute firefight which ensued and pursuit operations are ongoing to hunt the fleeing rebels.

Elsewhere in Camarines Sur, troops of the 2nd Infantry Battalion under LtCol John Oberio chanced upon 3 terrorist rebels while in the act of foraging for food in Agpay village, Guinobatan, Albay at around 08:30am on June 18.

The rebels immediately escaped towards the bushes leaving behind one bandolier with 5steel magazines and at least 100 rounds of live ammunitions.

Major Harold Cabunoc, 9ID Spokesperson said that the information provided by the civilians to the military were instrumental to the prevention of the atrocities planned by the rebels.

“The rebels are only capable of attacking ‘soft targets’ such as lightly-defended telecommunications facilities and heavy equipment used in the construction of infrastructure projects. Normally, they are attacking the facilities owned by businessmen who refuse to pay the extortion money to the rebels,” said Cabunoc.

Since January 2009, a total of 6 Globe cell sites had been attacked in the Bicol Region. Sorsogon tops the list with two attacked cell sites while the provinces of CamSur, Catanduanes, Albay and Masbate recorded one NPA attack each.

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