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Improvised bombs found in Albay

Government troops seized improvised bombs and a gun at a suspected harboring site of New People’s Army (NPA) members in Legazpi City, Albay, early Wednesday.

Members of the 2nd Infantry Battalion found four improvised explosive devices and a caliber-.9mm pistol at a copra kiln in Brgy. Cagbacong around 8:25 a.m., said Capt. Mardjorie Paimela Panesa, public affairs officer of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division.

Also found at the site were 15 meters of electrical wire, a hammock, and subversive documents, Panesa said.

Troops were sent to the area after residents reported the presence of NPA members, but the suspected rebels were already gone when soldiers arrived, she said.

Meanwhile, an NPA member surrendered to security forces in Camalig town, also in Albay, Wednesday morning.

Gilbert Paloma, who uses the aliases Vic and Ric, surrendered to members of the 2nd IB around 8 a.m., Armed Forces Southern Luzon Command spokesman Major Angelo Guzman said. (John Roson)

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2 rebels killed in Catanduanes clash

Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members were killed in a clash with government troops in Virac, Catanduanes, Saturday morning, the military said.

Aside from the still unidentified rebels’ bodies, troops recovered two M16 rifles, an M653 baby armalite rifle, and an M15 rifle at the clash site, Army 9th Infantry Division spokesman Maj. Angelo Guzman said, citing field reports.

The clash occurred around 9:50 a.m. while members of the 83rd Infantry Battalion were conducting combat operations in Brgy. Calatagan, he said.

Lt. Col. Rodolfo Batang, commander of the 83rd IB based in San Andres, said no one among the 10-man team that encountered about 15 rebels was hurt.

Pursuit operations against the other rebels were still ongoing Saturday afternoon, he said. (John Roson)

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Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members beheaded a barangay kagawad in Guinobatan, Albay, police said.

Officials of Brgy. Cabaloaon reported to soldiers 6:30 a.m. Monday that kagawad Ely Oguis was beheaded in Purok 6, Sitio Palatbuton, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

As of 9 a.m., troops are on the way to recover Oguis’ remains. It was the “first time” for NPA members to behead a person in Bicol, Bataller said in a text message.

It is believed that Oguis refused to give in to the rebels’ extortion, according to the regional police spokesman.

The beheading was reported hours after members of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Battalion were fired upon by rebels in Brgy. Cabaloaon around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division which supervises the 2nd IB, said both incidents have been “confirmed.” (John Roson)

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Troops clash with rebels in Sorsogon

Government troops clashed with a band of New People’s Army (NPA) members in Casiguran, Sorsogon, early Wednesday, prompting security forces to raise alert in the province.

Supt. Renato Bataller, Bicol regional police spokesman, said the clash occurred around 5 a.m. at Sitio Marinas, Brgy. Boton.

Members of the Army’s 31st Infantry Battalion were conducting a “strike operation” when they encountered about 20 fully-armed rebels, Bataller said, citing initial field reports.

The firefight lasted for about 20 minutes, he said.

Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said he heard there was a “body count” on the rebel side, but is still confirming it.

No soldier was hurt during the clash, Guzman and Bataller said.

Police in adjacent towns were ordered to conduct checkpoints and intensify intelligence monitoring after the clash, Bataller said.

They were also directed to check different hospitals in the province for patients being treated for bullet wounds, he added. (John Roson)

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NPA officer killed in Albay clash

A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) officer was killed in a clash with government troops in Ligao City, Albay, early Thursday, authorities said.

Soldiers and policemen recovered the body of Antonio Perelonia alias Eddie, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

Members of the 9th Military Intelligence Battalion, 2nd Infantry Battalion, and PNP 5th Regional Public Safety Battalion encountered about five rebels, who Perelonia led, in Sitio Managanaga, Brgy. Oma-oma, 6:10 a.m.

The clash lasted for about five minutes, afterwhich troops recovered Perelonia, a grenade, caliber-.45 pistol, and subversive documents, Bataller said in a text message.

Perelonia was a member of the NPA’s executive committee in Albay, Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said. (John Roson)

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Two soldiers were killed as government troops clashed with New People’s Army (NPA) members in Bulusan, Sorsogon, on Thursday, the military said.

Three soldiers were also injured in the fighting, which resulted in the capture of an NPA camp in Brgy. San Ramon, Lt. Col. Teody Toribio, commander of the Army’s 31st Infantry Battalion, said.

The clash occurred only a day after troops killed two suspected rebels and captured a ranking NPA officer in Camarines Sur.

On Thursday morning, a platoon comprised of two officers and 44 enlisted personnel of the 31st IB discovered the camp and encountered about 45 heavily-armed rebels, Toribio said.

The rebels, who had at least two M60 machine guns and two minimi squad automatic weapons, engaged soldiers in a 20-minute gun battle until 10 a.m., he said.

The military has yet to release the slain soldiers’ names. The injured were identified as Pfc. Jaypee Retardo, Cpl. Rolando Cruzado, and Cpl. Rodel Llandelar.

Retardo, who suffered a bullet wound to the head, was airlifted from Sorsogon to the AFP Medical Center in Quezon City 4:45 p.m., Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said.

Cruzado and Llandelar sustained minor wounds are now in stable condition at the Sorsogon Doctors Hospital, Guzman said.

Toribio said his troops reported seeing at least five rebels killed in the clash and were dragged away by their comrades.

“I believe they (rebels) have a lot of casualties as there are many bloodstains scattered in the camp,” he said, adding that landmines were also found at the site.

The rebel camp in Bulusan was discovered two days after soldiers found an abandoned encampment in the same town.

On Wednesday, soldiers killed two suspected rebels and captured Edgardo Sevilla, alleged finance officer of the NPA in Albay, during a clash in Iriga City, Camarines Sur. (John Roson)

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A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) officer was captured while two of his followers were killed in a clash with government troops in Iriga City, Camarines Sur, Wednesday afternoon.

Edgardo Sevilla, a member of the NPA executive committee in Albay, was injured and brought to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City where he is now being guarded by military personnel, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

The slain rebels, identified only thru the aliases “Jeff” and “Tony,” were brought to a funeral parlor, Bataller said.

The clash occurred around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Zone 7, Brgy. San Vicente.

Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said members of the 42nd Infantry Battalion were conducting combat operations when they encountered Sevilla’s group.

After a five-minute firefight, the rebels withdrew leaving two comrades dead, while Edgardo Sevilla aka Palong was wounded in the leg.

A caliber-.9mm pistol and caliber-.45 pistol were recovered from the encounter site.

Sevilla, known as the finance officer of the NPA’s executive committee in Albay, has been monitored in the area for some time. “We believe they went down the mountains to collect money,” Guzman said.

Sevilla has a warrant of arrest for murder issued by the Ligao City RTC Branch 13 and was charged for six other murder cases, three attempted murder cases, and a frustrated murder case, according to the regional military spokesman. (John Roson)

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2 rebels killed in Albay clash

Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members were killed in a clash with soldiers in Camalig, Albay, early Saturday, the military said.

The fatalities were identified as Arboy Moina, of Jovellar, and Fernando Mostoles Jr, of Camalig, Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said.

Moina was identified through a residence certificate while Mostoles was identified by his uncle. Their bodied have been turned over to the police, Guzman said.

The clash occurred around 5:30 a.m. as members of the 2nd Infantry Battalion were conducting combat operations.

Troops earlier recieved information from local folk that about 10 rebels were recruiting members and conducting extortion activities in their village, Guzman said.

After the clash, soldiers were sent to run after the remaining rebels along with K9 dogs, he said. (John Roson)

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Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members fired at President Benigno Aquino’s security escorts in Ligao City, Albay, on Friday but no one was injured, the military said Saturday.

The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m., while a convoy of the Presidential Security Group, police, and Army were passing through Brgy. Palaspas, Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said.

Four men, believed to be members of the “Militia ng Bayan” and armed with two M16 rifles, fired four times when the convoy passed by, he said.

The security personnel were on their way back to their offices after providing security in Pio Duran, some 20 kilometers away, where the President visited the wake of a soldier, Guzman said.

“They (rebels) indiscriminately fired without considering the harm it may bring to students in a nearby elementary school. The action was not intended to inflict casualty, but a tactic to make the rebels’ presence felt in the area and to embarrass the security forces,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Aquino visited the wake of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s father, former Comelec commissioner Vicente de Lima, in Iriga City, Camarines Sur.

He then visited the wake of Pfc. Erwin Martirez, who was killed in the recent clash between government troops and Abu Sayyaf members in Basilan. (John Roson)

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Two soldiers were injured while several heavy equipment were damaged as New People’s Army (NPA) members attacked an airport construction site in Daraga, Albay, Friday night, a regional military spokesman said.

Major Angelo Guzman, Army 9th Infantry Division spokesman, identified the injured as Pfc. Gapayao and Pfc. Cornal of the 2nd Infantry Battalion.

Gapayao and Cornal were among 12 soldiers manning an Army detachment that serves as guard to the construction site in Brgy. Alobo.

Eight NPA members “harassed” the detachment around 9:35 p.m. while another group of rebels set ablaze two dump trucks, a backhoe, two articulated trucks, two payloaders, two road rollers, and a grader being used to build the international airport, Guzman said.

All the heavy equipment are owned by contractor Sunwest Corp. Some of these were only slightly burned but are still functional, Guzman said.

Rebels attacked the construction site because of Sunwest Corp.’s refusal to pay “revolutionary taxes,” according to the regional military spokesman. (John Roson)

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