Army en­gage in fire­fight with rebels in Gui­hul­ngan

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

MEM­BERS of the 94th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (IB) of the Philip­pine Army en­coun­tered some com­mu­nist rebels at Barangay Li­nan­tuyan in Gui­hul­ngan City, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal on Mon­day, Jan­uary 14.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Raul Ta­caca, di­rec­tor of Ne­gros Ori­en­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (Norppo), said one team com­posed of 10 troops on board a KM250 truck en­gaged in a fire­fight with about five to 10 mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) at 8:25 a.m.

The mil­i­tary troops were on their way to the said vil­lage to at­tend the con­dem­na­tion rally when the en­counter hap­pened.

The fire­fight lasted for 30 min­utes.

The rally was staged by some res­i­dents, who

ac­cord­ing to the mil­i­tary, were con­cerned about the se­ries of killings per­pe­trated by the NPA in the city.

No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported on the gov­ern­ment side but au­thor­i­ties have yet to de­ter­mine the in­juries on the rebel’s side.

The mil­i­tary im­me­di­ately con­ducted clear­ing op­er­a­tion in the vicin­ity of the en­counter site.

In a press re­lease, the Apoli­nario Gait­mai­tan Com­mand (AGC) of the NPA said the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) suf­fered nine ca­su­al­ties in the al­leged am­bush staged by the Leonardo Panali­gan Com­mand of the NPA in Barangay Ban­wage.

But the gov­ern­ment forces have no re­port on ca­su­al­ties and am­bush in the said vil­lage as of this writ­ing.*

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