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Communist terrorists attack innocent civilians in Calbayog village

Tacloban City (November 1) -- The residents of Barangay Malaga, Tinambacan District of Calbayog City were awakened from their deep slumber when an undetermined number of terrorist New People's Army (NPA) attacked the said barangay at around 4:30 in the morning of October 31, the 8th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office informed.

Lieutenant Colonel Jose Narciso, commanding officer of the Army's 20th Infantry Battalion based in Tinambacan Sur, Calbayog City, reported that a group of undetermined number of communist terrorist with five (5) amazons armed with assorted firearms led by communist terrorist leader alyas "Nady" raided the houses of certain Arturo Flor, a businessman, Barangay Chairman Eugene Nunes and other residences in the said barangay.

The terrorist NPA also shot one person identified as Kagawad Anthony Giray and the Chief Tanod but the latter was able to escape despite being wounded. He was later evacuated to Calbayog City for medical treatment.

During the said attack, the Communist Terrorists had a missed encounter with their comrades that are also posted in the vicinity of the said barangay. The residents in the area claimed that the firefight lasted for about ten minutes. They fled the area with their casualties, one was killed and another one was wounded as a result of the missed encounter.

Also during the attack, the terrorist NPAs established a checkpoint along the highway utilizing vehicles that they flagged down to block the possible reinforcement of the government troops. One truck that did not stop in the said checkpoint was fired upon by the communist terrorist that resulted to the explosion of its tire. No one was reportedly hurt in the said incident. Sensing that they might get caught by the government troops, the communist terrorists left the area before the arrival of the reinforcing troops from 20IB.

Several unidentified civilians from the area revealed that the incident is still related to the recently concluded Barangay and SK elections where the NPA-supported candidates lost in the elections. Thus the NPAs resorted to harassment as retribution to the people.

Lieutenant Colonel Narciso immediately ordered his troops to track down the fleeing rebels utilizing the full might and strength of his unit. The troops are still in the area as of press time.

Meanwhile, Major General Mario Chan, the 8ID commander, said that the attack was a desperate move by the terrorist NPAs in order to divert the attention of the government forces in the ongoing combat operations.

The communist terrorists resorted to attacking innocent civilians whom they consider as soft targets in order to project an image of strength and that they are still a force to reckon with.

General Chan said that the current conduct of operations by the 8ID has severely ruined the capabilities of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee. The recent discovery of twenty CPP/NPA encampments, their arms and war materiel caches, their stock of food supplies, their communications equipment, medical facilities and other items have severely crippled their revolutionary activities.

"We have cut their supply lines, disrupted heavily their command control and communications, dislodged them from their guerilla camps, restricted their freedom of movement and most significantly, we have kept them on the run. We will continue to pressure them and put them on the edge of the fight where there will be no place for them to hide and they have no other option but to surrender, return back to the folds of the law and once again live peaceful and decent lives," Major General Chan said. (PIA 8 with report from 8ID) [top]

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