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Army Captures 4 NPA in Masbate



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-- Army soldiers from Charlie Company 2nd Infantry Battalion captured four members of CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) group after a brief firefight in Barangay Talisay, San Fernando in Masbate province on Saturday, May 12.

The clash lasted for about five minutes and resulted to the apprehension of four armed NPAs and confiscation of one .45 pistol, three .38 pistols, ammunition, cash amounting to P85, 220. 00 five cellular phones and subversive documents. The arrested persons were identified as Ricky Fernandez, 45; Joseph Azuela, 49; Tirso Cantre, 41; and Abel Altajeros, 32. Fernandez and Azuela were reportedly wounded from the said clash.

The initial investigation conducted by the operating troops to the suspects, revealed that they were members of terrorist group under CNT Leader Almario Esparaguera aka Mayong of KSPN 2, Larangan 1, Komiteng Probinsya 4 of Bicol Regional Party Committee.

As of this press time, the troops already coordinated with PNP San Fernando and PNP-RSOTG for appropriate disposition and filing of cases against the apprehended personalities.

9th Infantry (Spear) Division under Maj Gen Jesus A Manangquil Jr AFP directed all units to further intensify the operations to address the threats fostered by the armed group and ensure the safety and credibility of the upcoming Barangay and SK Election.

Further, the command condemns all the unlawful interventions undertaken by the CNTs in the election process such as extortion in the form of ‘permit to campaign/win policy’ and harassment of candidates/voters.

9ID is soliciting support from the general public by providing valuable information to prevent incidents that might disrupt the BSKE 2018.