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PIA Press Release
2008/08/05

Soldiers kill 3 thieves in Sorsogon

By Mar Arguelles

Legazpi City (5 August) -- Philippine Army troopers killed three suspected thieves the other day at a geothermal reservation in Sorsogon City, a ranking Army official said yesterday.

Army Col. Arnel Bernardo, commanding officer of the 901st Army Brigade here said a team of Army soldiers based at the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) compound in Sorsogon City responded to a call that the firms cable wires were cut by robbers resulting to a sudden electric power failure in the area.

Bernardo said the responding team led by Army Sgt. George Licup were hot on trail against the thieves when they engaged the group in a brief firefight that killed the suspects.

Reports said the incident took place at about 2:00 AM Sunday at the PNOC geothermal reservation in sitio Cawayan, barangay Guinlajon, Sorsogon City, the victims were armed with a shotgun, and bolos.

Soldiers recovered from the scene a shotgun with four live ammunitions, two bolos, 3 meters cut cable wires, three backpacks containing personal belongings and one kilo rice.

Bernardo said the victims were brought to the Philippine National Police (PNP) station in Sorsogon for identification and disposition.

The victims' bodies lie in state at the Funeraria Labalan in Sorsogon City awaiting relatives that would claim the cadavers.

Authorities here have to act on various complaints concerning the widespread cutting of cable wires, steel bars from the National Power Corporation, TRANSCO,PNOC and telecommunication companies operating in Bicol. (PIA) [top]

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