Friday, August 4, 2017

NPA bomb expert, one other nabbed in Bukidnon clash

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 3): NPA bomb expert, one other nabbed in Bukidnon clash

Two NPAs were captured by the combined troops of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) during a clash in the outskirts of Purok 8, Brgy Kiburiao, Quezon, Bukidnon early on August 2, 2017.

Troops responded to a report that a group of NPA bandit is planning to launch atrocities in the area. When they (troops) arrived, clash ensued and lasted for about five minutes which prompted the NPAs to scamper out of the said community. Troops in pursuit were able to track down and successfully nab two NPAs namely Ruel Cololot, bomber, improvised explosive device expert, and a member of Anak Pawis Partylist (ID recovered from his possession) and Ramil Cololot, member of the said NPA terror group.

Troops confiscated from their possession are the following items: one 57 RR, 24 pcs of IEDs, two Cal. 38 revolver, 10 meters safety fuse, 200 meters detonating chords, five blasting caps, switch boxes, three laptops, 51 rounds of cal. 30 ammunitions, other IED paraphernalia, and subversive documents.

Col Eric C Vinoya, 403rd Infantry Brigade commander immediately ordered his troop to clear the said area and conduct pursuit operation to the other NPA members.

MGen Benjamin R Madrigal Jr., 4ID commander, congratulated the troops for successfully addressing the situation.

Madrigal said, "It is my honor to congratulate our troops who proactively addressed the insurgency situation that is making our people's lives miserable in that community. This victory sends a strong message to all NPAs that people are already fed up to all your lies and atrocities. The reports that we received from all the people manifest their anger over your decades of atrocities. Continue your modus and crimes and you will have your place behind bars."

For his part, General Eduardo M Año, AFP chief-of-staff, who graced the giving awards to the wounded soldiers in Camp Evangelista Station Hospital (CESH), also extended his congratulatory message to the troops,

Año said, "Congratulations to our gallant forces for this big accomplishment. You have once again proven to our people that good will always prevail. These arrested NPA members will surely pay for the crimes they've committed against the people. Carry on and continue to press the fight for we know that we have the strength and support of our people."

The arrested NPAs are now in the custody of the PNP for proper facilitation of case. (4ID)

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