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By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
March 20, 2010

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City, Samar  –  The Army’s 8th Infantry Division recovered two (2) high powered firearms and killed one New People’s Army (NPA) in a two separate encounters in the municipalities of Mac Arthur, Eastern Samar and Las Navas, Northern Samar, yesterday.

In Eastern Samar, troops under 1Lt Mario Josue, commanding officer of the 14th Infantry Battalion’s Alfa Company were conducting community works when they received a text message from an unknown sender that some armed members of local terrorist group will be conducting extortion activities in the nearby barangays.

1Lt Josue allegedly proceeded to the mentioned barangays to provide security.

Around 5:45 in the morning when they reached the boundary of Brgys. Magsaysay and Roxas both of MacArthur, Eastern Samar where they encountered some five (5) armed men who believed to be members of SSk1, SECCOM NE, ESPPC of the Eastern Vizayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) under Gavino Guarino alias Mael crossed their way that immediately resulted to a firefight.

After about 30 minutes of firefight, rebel scampered to different directions leaving one dead unidentified rebel and one (1) M16 rifle with three (3) magazines containing live ammos.

No reported hurt in the government troops.

In Northern Samar, an M16 rifle was also recovered by the government troops when the elements of Charlie Company, 63rd Infantry Battalion led by 1Lt Tuguinay Agoy responded from the civilian’s tip regarding some unidentified armed men that were conducting extortion activities in Brgys. Capoto-an and Sagod of Las Navas.

This resulted to a 15-minute firefight against the armed terrorist that resulted to the recovery of one (1) M16 rifle and wounding several others.

These successful feats caused MajGen. Arthur I Tabaquero, commander of 8ID to express his appreciation to the civilian populace for the continuous show of concern and support.

He also said that the successive successes of the troops can be attributed to the full support of the civilians. “While I congratulate the troops for the successful performance of their duty, may I also congratulate our civilians who are one way or another help accomplish our mission,” MajGen. Tabaquero uttered.

“Election is fast approaching.  This is the reason why the terrorist is doubling their effort in extortion activities in order to gain much finances for their selfless agenda.  May I take this opportunity to remind our people not to give any sort of support to these terrorist in order to pave the way towards our dreams of a peaceful Region,” he added.

He also said that it is not just an accomplishment of the 8ID.  This is also an accomplishment of a united mind and body of all concerned individuals, agency and stakeholders who are pursuing peace and development for the province.