Friday, June 17, 2016

Army, police place troops on alert for possible NPA retaliation

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 17): Army, police place troops on alert for possible NPA retaliation

Police and military authorities here have been placed on heightened alert for possible retaliatory attacks from communist rebels after a clash with government forces Friday morning that left two rebels killed.

“We expect retaliatory attacks from them, we are ready, we have enough forces,” Senior Inspector Joven Bagaygay, police chief of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, said of communist New Peoples Army.

Two communist rebels were killed in a clash with elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Lampatok, Baranghay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Bagaygay said government forces were conducting foot patrol in Sitio Lamtapok, Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu before dawn when they chanced upon about 9 heavily armed NPAs belonging to Guerilla Front 73 at 6 a.m.

A 20-minute firefight erupted that left two NPAs killed, Bagaygay said. There was no casualty on the government side, according to team leader Army 2Lt. Glen Gautane.

“The Army received reports about the presence of armed men in Sitio Lamtapok and they conducted foot patrol before the clash,” Bagaygay said.

The remains of fallen communist rebels were brought to a funeral parlor in Surallah, South Cotabato awaiting claimants.

Government forces, Bagaygay said, recovered one AK-47 rifle and M-14 automatic rifle and ammunition from slain rebels.

Lt. Colonel Benjamin Leander, 27th IB commanding officer, said the rebels should cease from harassing and extorting money from villagers especially now that government efforts for a peaceful settlement have started at the top level.

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