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June 25, 2012

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City  Ė  Elements from Charlie Company, 52nd Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division led by Cpl Armando M Carcellar together with the Philippine National Police of Daram, Samar led by PSI Jonathan R Momo conducted joint operation to validate the information of the presence of armed group hiding in a safe house at the tri-boundaries of Brgy Cabugao, Brgy Cagbubuto and Brgy Parasan all of Daram, Samar captured two Communist Terrorists (CTs) last June 22, 2012 at around 12:15 in the afternoon.

The two captured rebel were Michael Bolito Manicani, 21 years old, resident of Brgy San Roque, Villareal, Samar, and Eleonor Chavez Palacio, 36 years old from Brgy Ugioa, Jaro, Leyte.

The government troops were also able to recover the following: One (1) Ingram serial Nr 226617; with one (1) mag loaded with twenty-three (23) live ammo; one (1) cal .45 pistol (Llama) serial Nr 710401462300 with four (4) Mags loaded with twenty-eight (28) live ammos; two (2) pcs Hand Grenade; one (1) pc IED; fifteen (15) mtrs firing wire; one (1) blasting cap and valuable subversive documents with high Intelligence value.

On June 23, 2012, the two captured CTís were transported to Bulwagan, Catbalogan City, Samar for filing of case under R.A 8294/ R.A 9516 or Illegal position of FAís, Ammos and explosive.

BGen Gerardo T Layug, Commander of 8ID lauded the efforts of 52IB as well as the PNP for the job well done and for always being alert.  The success of the operations showed the close partnership of AFP and the Philippine National Police in ensuring peace and security is maintained in the region.