One rebel slain in
By Office of the Division Public Affairs, 8ID
Catbalogan City – One NPA bandit was killed and two were wounded
while a government trooper was slightly injured in an encounter in a
remote village in Oras, Eastern Samar Wednesday at around 7:00 O’clock
in the morning.
Lt. Colonel Armand
Rico, Chief DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, based in Catbalogan City,
said that the wounded soldier, identified as Pfc Ramon Estico, is now
in stable condition and recuperating.
The said encounter,
the first in the area for this year, took place in sitio Tugop,
Barangay Rizal, some 26 kms away from the town proper.
Lt. Col. Rico said
that one of the 10 rebels belonging to SECOM, North East, Eastern
Samar Provincial Party Committee, Eastern Visayas Regional Party
Committee was killed while two others sustained injuries during the 30
minutes firefight that also resulted in the government troops from the
14th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Antonio Dayag recovering one M16
rifle bearing serial number 135108, one rifle grenade, two back packs,
one bandoler, three with full of ammunition, medical kit, one
detonating cord with blasting cap, and personal belongings.
“The wounded rebels
were dragged by their escaping comrades”, the information officer of
the 8th ID said.
“Our soldiers, under
Lt. Antonio Dayag, were in the area as part of their community work”,
Major General Arthur
Tabaquero, commanding general of the division, immediately directed
for the troops of the 14th IB, under Lt. Col. Jaime Hidalgo, to hunt
down the rebels and intensify security operations in the area.