Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Trooper wounded as Army repels NPA patrol in Capiz

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 1): Trooper wounded as Army repels NPA patrol in Capiz

An Army trooper was wounded following a successful combat mission which repelled a New People's Army (NPA) band in Sitio Tagsik, Barangay Lahug, Tapaz town, Capiz Monday afternoon.

Unconfirmed number of the rebels were wounded in the encounter.

Major Ray Tiongson, 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson, said the clash took place around 12: 10 p.m.

He added troopers of the 61st Infantry Battalion were responding to reports that 15 members of the NPA's Tugalbong Platoon, Central Front, Komiteng Rehiyonal-Panay (CF, KR-P) were on a extortion mission in the above-mentioned locality when the firefight broke out.

This lasted for one hour and 45 minutes and resulted in the wounding of Cpl. Genifer Gaston in his the legs.

Tiongson said the NPAs quickly retreated and were closely being pursued by government forces.

Gaston was quickly given first aid and was evacuated and brought to the nearest hospital.

He is now in stable condition.

"We have alerted our medical team that at any time those wounded NPA members would seek for medical assistance. We call on those rebels to come out, lay down their arms peacefully and be given proper medical attention. They are being assured that they will be treated well and their human rights will be respected," 61st Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Victor Llapitan said.


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