encounter NPA anew in Northern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 18, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – Army troops operating in Northern Samar Province
encountered NPA members in a remote area of Barangay El-empon, Las Navas, Northern Samar early in the morning of June 15, 2015.
According to Lt. Col. Miguel E. Ceballos, Commanding Officer of the
20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion, his troops led by 1Lt. Robbi Irvin
Cruz received information from the residents on the activity of the
NPAs of the said barangay and immediately conducted Focused Military
Operation in the outskirts of Barangay El-empon when they saw a group
of NPA rebels who were also in the area. Firefight ensued forcing the
enemy to withdraw from their position leaving behind one (1) hand
grenade at the encounter site.
There were three casualties on the government forces who were slightly
wounded caused by the shrapnel’s inflicted by the grenade launcher
while one NPA member was killed whose cadaver was brought to the
barangay officials for proper disposition and identification.
Names of the wounded troops are being withheld pending notification of
the next of kin. They will be evacuated to Camp Lukban Station
Hospital for their recovery.
It can be recalled that the same encounter happened last week at Brgy
McKinley, Catarman, Northern Samar wherein the NPA also suffered one
Major General Jet B. Velarmino, 8ID Commander, expressed his
appreciation to the operating troops of the 20IB for doing their role
as vanguards of the people in Northern Samar. Further, he reiterated
the government’s call for the rebels to return to the folds of the law
and live a peaceful and productive life thru Comprehensive Local
Integration Program (CLIP).