From the Sun Star-Cebu (May 15): Troops clash with armed men in Bohol
MEMBERS of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) clashed with an armed group in Barangay Campagao, Bilar, Bohol, hours after the May 14 elections.
The firefight started around 3 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, said the military. At least two soldiers were wounded, but no civilian was hurt.
Brigadier General Francisco Delfin, assistant commander of 3rd Infantry Battalion, said in a press conference Tuesday that they could not yet ascertain the affiliation of the armed group, adding that the troops are still pursuing the armed men.
The military has also deployed air assets to Bilar, Bohol, to provide support, while the AFP has coordinated with the local police to help investigate the incident.
Delfin said the troops were withdrawing from the hinterland village along with the election workers and volunteers when they received a report that about 14 armed men were sighted in Barangay Campagao.
He clarified though that the encounter did not affect the elections in the village, as the election winners were already proclaimed before the encounter.
"All the election workers have already gone down," he added.
The police, meanwhile, have set up checkpoints in Bohol to avoid possible spillover, said Police Regional Office-Central Visayas Director Robert Quenery.
"Upon clearance from the AFP, we will be conducting investigation, scene of the crime operations in the area where the encounter took place. We will gather evidence and investigate what happened, and find out about the affiliation of the armed group," Quenery said.