Army encounters NPA,
recovers assorted firearms
By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 10, 2014
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Army troops operating in Northern Samar encountered seven (7) NPA
members in an operation conducted at Brgy. Acedillo, Victoria,
Northern Samar on the dawn of July 8, 2014.
According to Lt. Col. Arvin
R. Lagamon, Commanding Officer of the 63rd Infantry Battalion, the
presence of said armed men was reported by a concerned citizen at Brgy.
While approaching said
barangay to verify the report however, the government troops were
fired upon by suspected NPA member prompting the troops to fire back.
A brief firefight ensued afterwhich the rebels immediately withdrew.
The encounter resulted to
the recovery of one caliber .38 revolver, one caliber .38 pistol, two
home-made 12 gauge shotguns and assorted ammunitions inside a vacated
house occupied by the rebels. There was no reported casualty on both
Meanwhile, a certain Ronald
Francisco, aka “Gaga” believed to be among the NPA group encountered
by the government troops was positively identified by a concerned
citizen from the same place. The suspect was arrested and was placed
under the custody of Victoria PNP for further investigation. Follow-up
operation against the fleeing rebels is ongoing as of press time.
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino,
Commander of the 8th Infantry Division lauded his troops for the
success of the operation. “I commend the officers and men of the 63IB
for the successful operation. I also would like to express my
appreciation to the peace-loving citizen of Brgy. Acedillo who
reported the NPA presence in their community”.
“It is high time that all
stakeholders, especially in far-flung areas to voice out their
objection on the NPA presence in their communities. The message is
very clear in Brgy Acedillo, NPAs are not welcome in their community.
As the Commander of your Army in the region, I assure everyone that if
we work hand in hand, we can flush out the remnants of NPA rebels from
your communities and end their overdue terrorizing presence,”