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Suspected rebels burn cargo truck

BUKIDNON -- Suspected communist rebels clad in military uniforms manned a checkpoint on Wednesday dawn in a hinterland village in Bukidnon province and burned a passing cargo truck loaded with bananas, military said.
Captain Eduardo Meclat, spokesperson of the Army's 403rd Infantry Brigade, said about 30 New People's Army rebels conducted a checkpoint using the signage of a the Army's 23rd Infantry Battalion.
He said the burned truck, which was supposed to deliver bananas to Davao City, is reportedly owned by Sumifru Corporation. The firm has banana plantations in Bukidnon province.
Meclat said responding troopers from the 8th Infantry Battalion (IB) based in Maramag town responded and engaged in a firefight with the rebels.

"After few minutes of gun fires, the rebels fled to the hinterlands," he said.
Lt. Jeorge Jallorina, 8th IB spokesperson, said after several minutes interval, a reinforcing element from the 8th IB was ambushed in Barangay Palacapao, Quezon, Bukidnon before they reached the engagement area.
Jallorina said four troopers were said to be slightly wounded in the firefight. "We are now combing the area to flush out the rebels," he said. (PIA)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 19, 2012.


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