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8th ID apprehends member of private armed group

Catbalogan, Samar (30 November) -- Army troopers from the 52th IB of Purog detachment headed by Ssg Paras apprehended a certain Reynaldo Derio alias Noknok believed to be a member of a Private Armed Group (PAG) at Brgy Bocawe, Gandara, Samar on November 28, 2010 at 3:00 in the morning.

In a prèss release from the 8th ID, it said that the army elements were guided by information from concerned citizen of the said barangay, the troops conducted strike operations in the area of Brgy Bocawe, Gandara, Samar that resulted to the apprehension of Derio and the recovery of one AR 15 Colt M653 Cal 5.56, and one Colt Combat Commander Cal.45 pistol.

The campaign against PAGs is one of the current efforts of the 8th ID following the directive from President Benigno Simeon Aquino lll to get rid of these groups that threaten security.

Through the support of the local folks in providing timely and accurate information and the enhanced coordination between the rmy and the civilian populace in the area, 52ND IB succeeded in the said operation.

The massive information drives conducted by the 8th ID have immensely enlightened the people of Samar, on their roles in the security efforts that have made them significant partners in the army's thrust to eliminate lawless elements and insurgents to include Private Armed Groups.

Maj. Gen. Mario F Chan, the 8th Infantry Division Chief commended the concerned soldiers of the 52nd IB for a job well done of protecting the people, and likewise expressed his gratitude to the people of Samar for their wholehearted support to the intensified security operations that the army is currently undertaking. (8th ID CMOU with PIA-Samar) [top]

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