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Army recovers high powered firearms after Eastern Samar encounter

Catbalogan City (15 February) -- The Army's 14th Infantry Battalion (IB) recovered two high powered firearms after a firefight with suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) in a forested area of Brgy. Dorillo, Jipapad town of Eastern Samar.

According to an army report, on February 12, while the troops under Sgt. Jessesito Pejano were conducting their regular security patrol, a civilian approached and informed them that some 10 armed men were sighted not near their location.

The unidentified civilian also said that these armed men belong to the same group who regularly collects foodstuff and extort from them.

After assessing the information, Pejano led his troops towards the given location and confirmed the civilian's tip.

Firefight between the two groups commenced and lasted for 20 minutes after which the suspected NPAs fled dragging along their wounded comrades.

An M16 rifle and an M14 rifle bearing the serial number 180888 and 1264373 respectively were were recovered in the encounter and are now in the possession of the 14th IB and may soon be turned-over to the higher unit after inspection.

Lt. Col. Jaime Hidalgo, commander of 14th IB said that a pursuit and blocking operations is in progress as of press time in order to track the fleeing enemies and let them face various criminal charges against the innocent people.

Lt. Col. Hidalgo also requested the barangays immediately surrounding the encounter site to report any wounded person that may be sighted in their area to help them provide medical attention.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Arthur I. Tabaquero lauded the troops for the successful security operations. "While we continue to perform our mandated task of preserving peace and stability in the province, we are calling to our people to intensify their usual support extended to our government in the pursuit of peace and stability for the ultimate attainment of development of the whole province". (DPAO 8th ID with PIA-Samar) [top]

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