Tuesday, September 29, 2009

8 NPA rebels captured

Official Philippine Army Press Release
Date Released: 28 Sep 2009
Press Release No 02-060

The on-going rescue and relief operations in the Metro Manila areas, and the Rizal, Bulacan and Laguna provinces, did not hamper the Philippine Army's operations against armed rebels in other parts of the country.

Reports reaching the Philippine Army headquarters from field units disclosed that eight New People's Army rebels were apprehended and various high-powered firearms were recovered in an operation in Brgy. Banban, Pequeno, Calinog, Iloilo on September 27.

Acting on reports of NPA presence at said barangay, elements of the 47th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division apprehended eight NPA rebels and recovered three M16 rifles, one M14 rifle, a cal .45 pistol, and one Improvised Explosive Device.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Army has committed almost 1,000 personnel to render rescue and relief operations in Metro Manila and the provinces of Rizal, Bulacan and Laguna. It shall be more vigilant in ensuring that necessary services will be delivered to the victims of the recent flood. It can be recalled that in December 2004, soldiers belonging to the 56th Infantry Battalion, while on rescue and relief operations in San Rafael, Bulacan after Typhoon Winnie devastated the province, were attacked by 80 NPA rebels resulting to 10 soldiers killed and six wounded.

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