Clashes spark again in Que­zon, Bukid­non

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

FIREARMS and bul­lets were seized after clashes be­tween gov­ern­ment troops and com­mu­nist rebels sparked anew in Magsaysay, Que­zon town, Bukid­non, over the week­end.

The sol­diers be­long­ing to the 81st Bat­tal­ion en­coun­tered some 10 NPA rebels while con­duct­ing com­bat op­er­a­tions at the vicin­ity of said vil­lage around 6:30 a.m., Satur­day.

The run­ning gun bat­tle which lasted for about 15 min­utes re­sulted to the re­cov­ery of an M14 ri­fle and a magazine loaded with four rounds of 7.62 mm bul­lets; one car­bine ri­fle and a cal­iber 30 spring­field ri­fle.

No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported in the fire­fight. Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 2

(SPO2) Reynold Bang­cong of Que­zon town po­lice said the op­er­at­ing troops have con­tinue scour­ing the area while con­duct­ing hard­en­ing mea­sures to sup­port the sol­diers in bat­tle.

“Hindi pa sila nakababa, pa­dayon pa nila nga gi­lakag ang mga NPA,”Bang­cong said.

Bang­cong said they have been re­ceiv­ing re­ports of NPA sight­ings in the area.

The Que­zon town po­lice also de­ployed per­son­nel to con­duct check­points on vi­tal route and have in­formed cit­i­zens at the vicin­ity of the bat­tle ground to can­cel any ac­tiv­ity in the area so as to pre­vent them from get­ting caught in cross­fire.

About two hours after, the pres­ence of fully armed men be­lieved to be NPAs were sighted at a com­pound of Su­mit­omo Fruits Inc. (Su­mifru) in Tu­gaya vil­lage, Va­len­cia City, Bukid­non.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion dis­closed that at 8:13 a.m., the ra­dio op­er­a­tor of Su­mifru called for as­sis­tance after see­ing around 23 sus­pected com­mu­nist rebels car­ry­ing long and short firearms.

Re­ports said eight men en­tered the guard­house and took the se­cu­rity guard’s hand­held ra­dio worth P14,000 and hanged a streamer that says “Hustisya ug Kali­naw dili Mar­tial Law”.

The armed men re­port­edly fled to­wards the hill­side of the said vil­lage on­board an Elf truck rented by Su­mifru.

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