CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camsur – NPA rebels have intensified their efforts to campaign for their favored candidates in the upcoming barangay elections, a military official said today.
LtCol Santiago Enginco, Commander of the 49th Infantry Battalion based in Sorsogon said that more or less 10 heavily armed communist bandits were reported by civilian residents as coercing them to vote for their favored local candidates during the barangay elections on October 25.
Responding for the request to arrest the rebels, Enginco sent a platoon of his soldiers to apprehend the rebels led by Andres Despi a.k.a. Tisoy who were to be roaming around Jamislagan village in Sorsogon City.
A 10-minute clash ensued at 3:20am today (Oct 13) when the rebels fired their weapons at the approaching soldiers before vanishing into the darkness.
No one was reported injured among the soldiers but there were bloodstains along the bandits’ route of withdrawal, indicating that they suffered some casualties.
Engino said that his troops have continuously conducted patrols following the series of ambuscades and harassments perpetrated by the bandits on Oct 11 (Monday).
The bandits have also intensified its attacks on civilians who are accused as military informants. A certain Domingo Floresca,55, of Porog village,Bulusan town was murdered by motorcycle-riding NPA terrorists outside his home at around 6:30pm (Oct 11).
A ‘guilty verdict’ document with the communist rebels’ official seal, was found near the body of the slain victim who was shot with a Cal .45 pistol resulting to his instantaneous death.
Floresca is the 40th victim of summary executions by the CPP-NPA-NDF in the Bicol Region this year after the killing of 3 innocent civilians in Daraga town of Albay in the same day at 2:00am.
Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, has directed all Army forces in the Bicol region to intensify its security patrols in the remote villages where NPA bandits are constantly sighted.