Saturday, April 11, 2020

Soldiers nabbed 2 NPA guerrillas in Masbate clash on Good Friday —military

From GMA News Online (Apr 11, 2020): Soldiers nabbed 2 NPA guerrillas in Masbate clash on Good Friday —military

Two suspected communist insurgents were captured on Good Friday afternoon, April 10, after a short exchange of fire with government soldiers in Masbate province's Aroroy town.

A military report indicated that
about 15 New People's Army fighters fired at soldiers assisting in relief operations to residents of Barangay Cabas-an in Aroroy, forcing government troops to retaliate.

The ensuing firefight lasted for about five minutes before the attackers withdrew to escape.

Ground report from the joint elements of 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB) and Philippine National Police indicated that the skirmish happened at about 5:30 p.m., and shortly after, the soldiers caught up with two escaping insurgents, purportedly belonging to the NPA's Militiang Bayan.

Soldiers recovered from the clash site a cal. 45 hand gun, two homemade shotguns, one carbine rifle, anti-personnel mines, and assorted ammunition.

Joint Task Force Bicolandia under Major General Fernando Trinidad condemned the attack that occurred while the whole Christian world was in solemn observance of Good Friday activities in remembrance of Christ's passion and death.

But Gen. Trinidad assured the public that while the military is focused in efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, their troops will not put their guard down in protecting the people.

Both the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA have declared unilateral ceasefire as the country is being hounded by the COVID-19 health crisis.

But violations by the insurgents of their self-imposed ceasefire have been reported.

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