MAGALLANES, Sorsogon- Three high-powered firearms were seized after a clash between a patrol of Army soldiers and a band of NPA extortionists at 5:20 pm here yesterday (May 1).
A team of soldiers from the 31st Infantry Battalion led by Cpt Christopher Santander was conducting security patrol in Siuton village upon receiving a report from a concerned resident regarding the presence of heavily-armed bandits in the community.
The 10-minute clash erupted when the bandits engaged the soldiers as they approached their location.
The bandits hurriedly ran for their lives carrying their casualties upon seeing their positions being outflanked by the soldiers. They left behind some of their high-powered rifles and personal belongings.
A bandit was cornered by the soldiers forcing him to lay down his firearm to surrender.
The suspect was brought to the local police station for questioning and filing of criminal case for illegal possession of firearms.
Heavily armed NPA bandits are making their presence known to forcibly collect extortion money that they call 'revolutionary taxes'.
More and more people are feeding information about the presence of bandits in their communities.