Civilian support leads
encounters against local rebel groups
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – Three more encounters of the Army’s 8th
Infantry Division against the New People’s Army (NPA) was recorded for
the past few days because of the relentless support from the local
In the boundary of
Brgys Magsaysay and Siljagon of Mapanas, Northern Samar elements of
63rd Infantry Battalion under 2nd Lieutenant Rey Acasio sparred
against some ten (10) armed members of the terrorist NPA around 12:00
NN of March 27.
2nd Lieutenant Acasio
said that they were conducting a routine security patrol in the area
when a certain folk from Brgy. Siljagon secretly informed them on the
presence of armed men who passed along their barangay.
Without losing time,
they went through the given direction where they encountered the
reported armed group.
Meanwhile, around 9:50
A.M. of March 28, elements of 82nd Division Reconnaissance Company
under 1st Lieutenant Bernie Jay Guerra encountered some 30 members of
NPA in the boundary of Brgy. E. Duran, Bobon, Northern Samar and Brgy.
Macatingog, Oquendo District of Calbayog City also following the tip
from a civilian.
Moreover, around 4:20
in the afternoon of March 29, elements of 63IB under 1st Lieutenant
Ariel Rosuelo once again crossed their path against the NPA group in
the outskirt of Brgy. Inaguingayan, Pambujan, Northern Samar when
information was received that the terrorist are conducting extortion
activity in the said barangay.
Troops of Rosuelo
managed to ran after the rebels that were about to proceed towards the
next barangay after extorting money in the previously mentioned
It ensued to a
firefight for about 20 minutes before the rebels fled away dragging
their wounded comrades.
One (1) rebel was
killed and one (1) caliber .45 pistol with loaded magazine assembly
and volume of subversive document and campaign paraphernalia were
recovered and undetermined numbers of wounded as evident of
bloodstains left in the area while no reported hurt on the side of the
government during the processes.
Major General Arthur
I. Tabaquero, commander of 8th Infantry Division once again commended
his troops for the successful feats.
He then gave emphasis
on the importance of collaboration between the civilians and the
“As I have mentioned
in the past, these successes can be attributed to our people. As for
they are the reason why we exist, our services can be fully carried
out if our people also show concern, first for the country and second
for themselves,” he adds.
Although saddened that
somebody’s life has once again sacrificed, Major General Tabaquero
reminded everyone that as mandated by the constitution as the
protector of the people and the state and to secure the sovereignty of
the state and integrity of national territory, the 8ID is continuously
conducting its traditional roles against local terrorist groups to
prevent the continuance of their violent, destructive and terrorist
activities being inflicted on the people.
“To our barangay
folks, should some wounded NPA’s were brought to your attention for
medication, please feel free to inform the immediate Army unit’s in
your area for us to attend any medical support to them. We will not
be hesitant to help them for they also have the right to receive
medical services we give to our wounded soldiers,” Major General
Tabaquero’s message to the civilian.
“And of course to our
brothers and sisters whom I always considered as victims of
Communist’s deceptive ploy, we can prevent worthless losing of lives
if we will embrace the government’s means to re-integrate to our
mainstream society. We can work hand a hand for a true and
meaningful endeavor towards peace and development of Region 8,” he