Monday, June 7, 2010

Government Troops Clash with NPA Extortionists in CamSur

The photo shows some of the belongings of 2LT MIGUEL LOGRONIO JR who died in an ambush in San Francisco, Presentacion, Camarines Sur, which were confiscated from the NPA rebels in the Garchitorena encounter. (Photo by 2LT Alden Brinas)

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, CamSur – Government troops encountered suspected NPA rebels in a remote village in Camarines Sur at 4:30pm yesterday, a military officer said.

2nd Lieutenant Alden Brinas, the leading officer of the engaged troops, said that he received a text message form local residents in Bahi village in Garchitorena town about the presence of about 6 NPA rebels who were asking for food provisions from the villagers.

The 35-man platoon was approaching the village center when they were fired upon by the rebels who positioned themselves behind the cluster of houses.

A 40-minute firefight ensued after which the rebels withdrew towards the forested area, carrying with them some of their casualties.

“I have personally seen one terrorist rebel being carried by his comrade. There were blood traces found along their route of withdrawal. If not due to the presence of civilians, we could have annihilated those bandits,” said Brinas.

The soldiers confiscated a Cal 5.56mm M16A1 Rifle and several rounds of ammunition from the encounter site.

Brinas also reported that he had identified some of the military uniforms and accessories owned by his slain mistah, 2nd Lieutenant Miguel Logronio Jr, who died in an NPA ambush in Presentacion town on May 29.

“I feel elated upon seeing the personal belongings of my mistah (PMA classmate) who is a dear friend to me. I know he is happy that I am taking part in this campaign to militarily defeat the NPA terrorists,” added Brinas in a phone interview.

Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, has continuously called on the NPA rebels to lay down their firearms and return to the folds of the law.

“We can’t solve the insurgency problem with the use of violence. I welcome every NPA rebels to avail the Social Integration Program of the government and live a normal life,” Pabustan said.

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