8ID gains two (2) fire
arms killing one NPA
By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
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