Friday, September 5, 2014

Number of recovered NPA firearms in Abra clash now at 13

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 5): Number of recovered NPA firearms in Abra clash now at 13

The number of rebel weapons recovered during the clash in Barangay Guinguinabang, Lacub town, Abra, Thursday morning has now climbed to 13.

This is six higher than seven recorded earlier, according to Major Calixto Cardano, 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, who said the weapons were recovered by troopers from the 41st Infantry Battalion, the same unit, whom the rebels fought 5 a.m. Thursday.

Aside from the weapons, the soldiers also recovered an additional body from the encounter scene, raising the number of rebel dead to six.

The firefight stemmed from the discovery of a rebel camp in the above-mentioned locality.

Cardano said the recovered weapons can be broken down into eight M-16 automatic rifles; an AK-47; two M-653;M-1 Garand and one .45 caliber pistol.

Also recovered was a generator set, two ICOM radios and subversive documents.

One of the six fatalities was identified as Arnold Jaramillo who is allegedly the leader of the Abra Provincial Party Committee of the NPA.

Jaramillo is a fugitive from law with Criminal Case number 2011-125 pending before the Regional Trial Court Branch 1 of Bangued, Abra.

The identities of the five other dead are still unidentified as of this posting.

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