Police to hold medical mission in former rebel-influenced village

May 26, 2013 10:12 am 

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 — To show that the government is now fully in control of this former rebel-influenced village, the Police Regional Office 13 will conduct a medical mission and other civic activities at Brgy. Anticala, this city for half a day next week.

Brgy. Anticala, 23 kms northeast of Butuan City, has been a site of skirmishes between the rebels and government troopers before the election.

The most known one which had caught even the international attention was the incident of harassment by an armed group against some 3,000 participants of the "Panaad 2013" (Vows 2013) during the "Good Friday" celebration.

Two militiamen were slain during the incident and even caused a brief mis-encounter between the PNP forces who were securing the inner perimeter and the army special forces who were securing the outer perimeter of the area.

Nobody was injured from both camps during the ensuing incident, but it caused panic, bruises and injuries to the participants of the religious rite.

During the elections, the village was among the areas in the city subjected to the intensive patrol by the PNP and the army until the place was cleared of rebel presence, influence and sightings.

The medical, dental, and minor surgical (circumcision) mission scheduled on May 31, according to the PNP, is aimed at reaching out to the residents in the far flung areas, let them feel the government presence and also help address their medical needs. (PNA)

HBC/NOEL B. NAJARRO/JSD

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