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Army, Sipalay officials address insurgency

THE Philippine Army and the local government of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, together with officials of Barangay Camindangan, held a meeting Monday to address the insurgency problem in said barangay, which is reputedly home to many New People's Army (NPA) rebels.
Colonel Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, Sipalay City Councilor Dionilo Bogtae and Barangay Camindangan chief Elir Borres spearheaded the meeting at the Sipalay City Hall.
The meeting was held after a member of the NPA was killed last Friday in Sipalay City.
Lactao said they are willing to help the local government of Sipalay address the insurgency problem at Barangay Camindangan and discourage its constituents from joining the rebel group.
Donald Ligid-Ligid alias Dutay, 24, of Sitio Malipayon, Barangay Camindangan, was killed in an encounter last Friday at Sitio Mag-asawang Bukid, Barangay Camindangan.
Lactao said government troops under the 47th IB encountered about 39 NPA rebels believed to be under Bernard Alvarez alias Macky and Renel Celleon alias Kumpol of South West Front (SWF) at Sitio Mag-asawang Bukid.
Government troops recovered a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun with five live ammunitions, two military backpacks, five civilian backpacks, ten jungle hammocks, ponchos, medical kits, cellular phone with three batteries, subversive documents, wallet, kitchen utensils, personal belongings and food stuffs, he said.
Lactao added that they received a report that, aside Ligid-Ligid, three of his companions were also injured and one of them also reportedly died.
Lactao appealed to the people of Camindangan to bring down their wounded for medical treatment in a hospital.
They will not be harmed. They should not be afraid and just face the law, he assured the rebels and their families.
Bogtae said they need the cooperation of the people of Camindangan to have a peaceful life. He also encouraged the leaders of the NPA to abandon armed struggle.
He said the City Government also gives assistance to the family of Ligid-Ligid.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012


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