Soldiers capture 6 NPA members

Philippines – Soldiers have captured six members of the local New People’s Army (NPA), one of them a political instructor, following a brief but intense clash in Santa Rosa town of Nueva Ecija, a military official revealed yesterday.

Col. Hilario Vicente Lagnada, commander of the 56th Infantry Battalion, said one of the captured rebels identified as Efren Delalamon known as “Baste” was wounded in the clash.

The five other captured rebels were Andres Lapuz Ely aka “Marco”, John Michael Ilito, Felix Sarabia and Ambrosio Ilito, and Carla Ramos Bautista, a.k.a. “Joy”, a political instructor of the Central Luzon Regional Committee (CLRC).

Lagnada said he deployed a platoon of soldiers in the area due to the request of local policemen who would serve an arrest warrant in a known rebel-infested area in Barangay Sto. Niño.

“They were already approaching an isolated farmhouse in the area when they were met with gunfire from the rebels who were then occupying a nipa hut,” said Lagnada.

“There was a 10-minute exchange of gunfire before some of the rebels fled with their casualties,” he added.

It was during the pursuit operation that the six rebels were captured, according to Lagnada.

Seized from them were two hand grenades, five live ammunition for cal. 45, 121 live ammunition for M16, a Black Toshiba Laptop, a portable generator set, a ICOM radio, a handcuff, three cellphones, assorted medical paraphernalia and medicines and money worth 116,000 pesos. (Aaron Recuenco)


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