Army troopers clash with rebels in Albay

May 10, 2010 8:08 pm 

LEGAZPI CITY, May 10 –Few hours before the start of the first automated election today, Army soldiers clashed with communist guerillas at dawn in a remote village in Oas town in Albay that led to the capture of one rebel, an Army official said today.

Major Harold M. Cabunoc, 9th Infantry Division spokesman, said that a 9-man squad of soldiers, who were sent on a security patrol in a remote village of Oas, Albay, engage in clash with more or less 10 New People’s Army rebels (NPA) in Barangay Rosario, Oas town at about 4:30 a.m. today.

Firefight lasted for about five minutes after which the rebels escaped towards the forested area, leaving behind one of their comrades, who surrendered with his firearm.

Lt. Col. John Oberio, commander of the 2nd Infantry Battalion, said the encounter resulted to the capture of one of the rebels identified as Renante Mortel and the recovery of an M16 rifle and an MK2 hand grenade.

Oberio said the rebels were campaigning for their political bets in the hinterlands of Albay, after soldiers confiscated 50 pieces of PTC cards and hundreds of sample ballots containing the names of Satur Ocampo and Liza Masa as well as their supported party list Bayan Muna were recovered during the said encounter.

Mortel is now in the custody of the 2nd IB camp for tactical interrogation. Oberio said that he will turn-over the captured bandit to the Oas Municipal Police Station for filing of criminal cases.(PNA)

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