Thursday, June 22, 2017

Military pursuit of 'Maasin' NPA raiders ongoing

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 22): Military pursuit of 'Maasin' NPA raiders ongoing

Members of the 61st Infantry Battalion are still relentlessly searching for the members of the New People's Army who raided the Maasin town police station last Sunday.

Lt. Col. Sisenando A. Magbalot, Jr., 61st IB commander,in an interview Thursday, said these rebels were just running in the mountainous area of Leon where they encountered them last Tuesday specifically in Barangay Lampaya.

Two days after the encounter, Magbalot said the area was currently peaceful.

But Magbalot said there was a possibility that these rebels were still within the area and noted there would be a "big chance" that they would have another encounter with the rebels one of these days.

In a previous interview with Magbalot, he said they had been receiving information from the civilians that the NPAs were just within the area of Leon, so his troops are taking actions to it.

Meanwhile, Magbalot said that the other municipal police stations in the province of Iloilo were already told to "harden their installations" of personnel to secure their areas for another possible raid of rebels.

With the recent relieve of the director of Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) and the police chief of the Maasin town, Magbalot said that "everybody is now reacting."

Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, previously assigned as Public Safety Batallion Commander at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), took over the position of former IPPO director Sr. Supt. Harold Tuzon while Maasin Police Station chief, Senior Inspector Ray Cordero was replaced by Senior Inspector Kent Jerek Capadosa.

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