Sunday, May 18, 2014

NPA rebel in policeman’s fatal ambush captured

From the Daily Zamboanga Times (May 18): NPA rebel in policeman’s fatal ambush captured

Police and military forces have captured one of the six New People’s Army (NPA) rebels responsible for the ambush slay attempt of a policeman in this province, a top police official announced Friday.

Captured was Efren Binigay, 25, a resident of Sitio Gatian, Barangay Timolan in Tigbao, Zamboanga Del Sur, according to provincial police director, Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre.
Ecaldre said that Binigay was captured Thursday by the combined police and Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion forces in a pursuit operation in the hinterlands of Tigbao town.
The pursuit operations was launched after six NPA rebels ambushed Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4) Eleazar C. Carcallas on Wednesday in Barangay Tigbao, Tigabao town.
Although wounded, Carcallas was able to put up a fight until reinforcement arrived, forcing the rebels to fled.
Carcallas was on the way home from duty at the time he was ambushed.
Ecaldre said that Binigay is now detained at the provincial headquarters while appropriate charges are set to be filed against him.
The pursuing forces have seized high-powered firearms when they captured Binigay, Ecaldre said.

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