Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Police dismantle NPA checkpoint

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 29): Police dismantle NPA checkpoint

A joint team of Philippine National Police personnel from Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office dismantled an illegally set up checkpoint allegedly by the New People's Army Monday morning at a hinter village, 15 kilometers from the town proper of a municipality along the highway of a southern province in the region.

Reports from Agusan del Sur provincial police reaching the regional headquarters here on Tuesday said that the joint teams of police personnel led by PSInsp. Jerry Fernandez, PCInsp. Joel Villamor and PCInsp. Bonifacio Estrella responded to the reports that about 40 communist rebels were setting up an illegal checkpoint at Purok 2, Barangay San Jose, Prosperidad town (about 15 kilometers from the town proper) in Agusan del Sur on Monday morning.

The police team, however, recovered only the signage marked "NPA Checkpoint" as the rebels fled in haste upon seeing the approaching lawmen. The fleeing rebels accordingly fired their guns indiscriminately, hitting a house owned by a resident identified as Mrs. Jelly Rose Molina Vadueza.

Police investigation disclosed that at 7:00 a.m. yesterday, the rebels set up their checkpoint at a road in the area and forcibly flagged down every passing vehicle. The residents in the area reported the incident to the police, which immediately dispatched some teams to respond and verify the said reports.

The police and their counterparts from the Philippine Army are now conducting hot pursuit operations and have restored the easy flow of the traffic in the said area.

Meanwhile, an NPA rebel died and a AK 47 rifle was recovered as another encounter sparked between the remnants of the rebels and the government troopers belonging to the 401st Infantry Brigade at a hinter village of Barangay Bangonay, Jabonga in Agusan del Norte on Sunday afternoon.

Army sources said that the government troops were tracking down the same NPA group they encountered a few days ago at the outskirts of Jabonga and Kitcharao towns of Agusan del Norte.

The Army said that this was the 20th armed engagement since last month that had already resulted in the death of at least three NPA rebels, the recovery of an M14 and 6 AK 47 rifles, 4 landmines, four hand held radios, 17 rounds of 60mm, 5 rounds of 81mm mortars and NPA belongings including subversive documents with high intelligence value.

The Communist Party of the Philippines, New People's Army and National Democratic Front (CNN) is celebrating their 47th founding anniversary this day.


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