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Military scores vs NPA extortionists in North Samar

Tacloban City (December 18) -- The military troopers from 63rd Infantry Battalion headed by LtCol Felimon T. Santos lambasted the NPA extortionists who have been terrorizing the residents of the hinterland areas of Las Navas in Northern Samar.

Reports coming from First Lieutenant Mario Jose M. Chico of the 8th Infantry Division based in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan Samar stated that at about 9:00 o'clock in the morning of Saturday, December 9, 2006, troops from 63IB led by 1Lt Von Michael Blas?ho were on reconnaissance operations, encountered more or less four (4) NPA extortionists belonging to CPP/NPA/NDF-EV headed by the erstwhile priest Fr. Santiago Salas at vicinity of Brgy Quirino, Las Navas town.

As a result of the encounter, the government troops successfully recovered one (1) jungle pack, one (1) hand grenade, P2,000 in cash, and numerous subversive documents of high intelligence value.

Lietenant Chico reported that the successful security operations conducted by the army troopers was basically the result of the heightened involvement of the civilian populace in the renewed fight against the menace of the society, the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist group.

He added that the information being provided by the civilian residents of Brgy Quirino have contributed a lot in ascertaining the whereabouts of the NPA extortionists, who in the past, have been bleeding the farmers of said community due to their rampant extortion activities, recruitment of minors, and merciless killings of people who do not believe in rotten communist ideology.

In a related report, an NPA extortionist camp was destroyed without a firefight by the same Army unit, at vicinity of Barangay Deit De Turag at Silvino Lobos town in Norther Samar on December 10, 2006 at about 5:20 o'clock in the morning.

Army troops led by 1Lt Ducay operating in the area, was able to destroy the NPA terrorists' temporary encampment without a firefight because the communist terrorists scampered away to evade the government troops for fear of imminent defeat to the brave and highly-skilled Army troopers of 8ID.

With these latest developments, Maj. Gen. Rodrigo F. Maclang, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, commended the Officers and men of the 63rd Infantry Battalion for their astonishing feat in combat operations in their area of operation. He advised the troops to "Always exercise humility and courage in all of our undertakings and God will reward our efforts with success." (PIA 8) [top]

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