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AFP: Army stops 50 NPA rebels in Agusan del Norte; 3 alleged rebs caught in Quezon

May 5, 2013 5:26pm
Government forces repelled about 50 members of the New People's Army who attacked a militia detachment in Remedios Trinidad Romualdez town, Agusan del Norte early Friday morning, 4th Infantry Division spokesman Maj. Leo Bongosia said Sunday.

According to a belated report, Bongosia said that the rebels attacked the detachment, which was manned by some 20 soldiers and militiamen, in San Antonio village at around 4 a.m. Friday.

Bongosia added that the rebels withdrew after three hours and 40 minutes of trading fire with the government forces. There are no injuries or fatalities on the government's side.
An M16 rifle, an M14 rifle, a shotgun, magazines, assorted ammunition, four hand grenades and bomb components were among the items recovered from the area, said Bongosia.

Pagbilao operation

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines' 1st Special Forces Battalion captured three individuals, allegedly members of the New People's Army, in Pagbilao, Quezon Sunday afternoon, according to AFP spokesperson Col. Arnulfo Burgos.

Burgos said that the forces, led by a Capt. Moral, raided a house in Ilayang Palsabangon village at around 2:30 p.m. after receiving information from civilians that the house was being occupied by at eight supposed NPA rebels led by an Alexander Sarmiento, alias Daniel.

"Eight NPA personalities were reported present inside the house. When the troops arrived, they scampered, leaving behind three companions, including a female, and several firearms," Col. Alex Capina, commander of the Army’s 201st Brigade, said in a phone interview.

The identities of the three captured were not immediately known.

Capina said the soldiers recovered three M16 rifles, two M14 rifles, an M653 baby armalite, an M203 grenade launcher, and documents.— BM, GMA News
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