Thursday, March 01, 2012

Crossfire Victims Receive Assistance

THE CLASH that claimed the lives of two young boys occurred in this forested area in Labo, Camarines Norte (Photo by S7, 49IB)

FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The family of the crossfire victims has received various assistance from both the military sand the local chief executive of Camarines Norte, an Army official said.

Major Harold M Cabunoc, the Army Spokesperson, revealed that Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo “Egay” Tallado has provided burial assistance for the two crossfire victims who died in an encounter between the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and Army soldiers in Malaya village, Labo town two days ago.

In his statement, Tallado said that he has also shouldered the hospitalization of the wounded victim who is now recuperating for a gunshot wound on her wrist.

“I have offered scholarship to the wounded victim. This will be taken out from my personal finances as part of my commitment to help the distraught family members who have become unwitting victims to this insurgency problem in my province,” said Tallado.

Meanwhile, Tallado has also directed the provincial police to expedite the conduct of thorough investigation that will shed light on the circumstances behind this incident.

Tallado has also called on both the military and the communist rebels to do its best in avoiding collateral damage by avoiding populated areas.
The military authorities in Bicol have promptly extended assistance to the family of the crossfire victims. 

"I have taken an amount from our meager resources to immediately provide help to the family of the victims. I also coordinated with the office of the Governor for additional assistance that will alleviate their hardships," said Lt Col Epimaco Macalisang, the Commander of the 49th Infantry Battalion.

While awaiting for the result of the PNP investigation, a parallel investigation is also conducted by the 9th Infantry Division to look into the details that led to the clash between the soldiers and the communist rebels.

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