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Army scores anew in Eastern Samar

Catbalogan, Samar (10 November) -- Government troops from the 8th Infantry Division in Catbalogan, Samar scored another feat as it strengthened its Internal Security Operation (ISO) campaign.

On November 7, 2010,the 14th Infantry Battalion (14th IB) successfully overran a New People's Army's (NPA) camp in the hinterland of Sitio Sapia, Brgy. Magsaysay, Mac Arthur, Eastern Samar around 1:25 in the afternoon.

Report reaching this agency from 8th ID said that 14th IB's commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Hermilo Demafiles reported that the troops under First Lieutenant Dagpin were conducting a security patrol when a civilian approached and informed them on the presence of armed men seen in the area.

Lt. Dagpin diverted their routes towards the mentioned area where they encountered around 30 armed rebels later known to be under Gavino Guarino alias Mael.

Exchange of fires ensued for about 30 minutes before the rebels fled away towards Sitio Carbon, Brgy. Huknan, Giporlos of the same province after suffering heavy casualty leaving their camp in a disastrous situation.

Recovered in the area of encounter are three (3) M16 rifles of the fallen rebels, M14 rifle's bolt assembly, pair of M16 rifles hand guard, 10 backpacks, assorted magazines of M16 and M14 rifles with live ammos, personal belongings and voluminous subversive document with significant value.

No one was reported hurt on the side of the government.

Meanwhile, Major General Mario Chan, 8ID's commander commended collaborative effort of the civilians to the soldiers.

"The success of our campaign could not be possible without the support of our people whom we are serving. While I am congratulating my troops with their sacrifices, I would also like to appreciate our people who exert more effort just to contribute with our aspirations. Though we are gaining grounds against the rebels, I am also saddened to note that somebody's life has to be sacrificed," said Major General Chan.

He further said that with the continuous conduct of the Division's combat operations especially with the unwavering support of the people to thwart the enemy in the area, the terrorists today has nowhere to hide.

Moreover, General Chan reiterated his call to the members of the underground movement to lay down their arms and re-embrace the genuine spirit of freedom and democracy for the sake of the succeeding generations.

"I once again call upon our brothers and sisters, whom I consider victims of communist's deceptive ploy to embrace the government's program to re-integrate to our mainstream society to avoid the unnecessary loss of lives brought by these armed confrontations. Our government is willing to give them a second chance for the sake of peace and democracy," added General Chan.

Lt General Arturo Ortiz and Lt General Ralph Villanueva, Philippine Army's Commanding General and Commander of Central Command respectively, already conveyed their deep satisfaction for consistently bringing forth success in addressing insurgency in Region 8. (PIA-Samar with 8th ID) [top]

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