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Arm cache seized after Albay encounter with NPA

By Rhaydz B. Barcia

IN a speedy response to a report from a concerned citizen, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol, together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), engaged in an encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Camalig, Albay.

According to Police Lt. Col. Maria Luisa Calubaquid, the confrontation occurred at 2:45 AM on Wednesday, following reports of armed individuals spotted in Barangay Magogon, Camalig. The joint forces were met with gunfire upon arrival, resulting in a 30-minute fire-fight. Fortunately, there were no reported casualties on the government side, while one enemy combatant was confirmed deceased and two were apprehended.

After the running gun battle, the armed group retreated, prompting pursuit operations by government troops. Two rebels, identified as “Marsi/Masi” and “Ka Yeng,” were arrested. During interrogation, “Ka Yeng” disclosed the location of a hidden cache containing firearms in Purok 3, Barangay Panoypoy in Camalig, Albay.

Subsequently, law enforcement personnel uncovered the cache, which included five M14 rifles, one M16 rifle, assorted rifle parts, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Police Brig. Gen. Andre Dizon praised the collaborative efforts of the PNP, AFP, and NICA, emphasizing the importance of their work in maintaining peace and security in the region.

“This success is a testament to the dedication and bravery of our personnel. Let this encounter remind us of the challenges we face in safeguarding our communities,” Dizon remarked.

He urged continued vigilance and commitment to maintaining peace and order in Bicol, promising relentless efforts to ensure the region’s safety.


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