Sunday, June 10, 2012

Army soldiers clash with NPA rebels during Pacman fight

BONTOC, Mountain Province-- While Pacman was battling it out with Timothy Bradley in the boxing ring in Las Vegas, Army soldiers engaged a band of NPA rebels in a mountainous village of Alab here Sunday morning (June 10).

Lt Col Steve Crespillo, the Commanding Officer of the 54th Infantry Battalion, said that a platoon of his troops was conducting a routine security patrols in the outskirts of the village when they chanced upon at least 30 NPA rebels led by Ambrocio Aron at around 10:30am.

Crespillo said that the rebels started firing their guns upon seeing the soldiers, triggering the 2-hour running gunbattle. 

"My soldiers inflicted casualties on the rebels side but they gradually retreated, carrying their fallen comrades. They left behind several of their belongings including 4 high-powered firearms and 7 hand-held VHF radio transceivers," said Crespillo.

The soldiers accounted one 7.62mm M14 Assault Rifle, two 5.56mm M16 Assault Rifle and one M203 Grenade Launcher. Some subversive documents, live ammunition and bandoliers were also seized from the rebels who fled towards the hinterlands.

No one was injured among the soldiers who have mounted relentless pursuit operations against the NPA rebels.

The soldiers have continuously deployed soldiers to protect the communities from the remnants of the armed rebels who are extorting money from the poor residents in remote villages.

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