CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-The government troops scores anew in another armed encounter that transpired in Barangay San Vicente, Lupi, Camarines Sur around 12:30 in the afternoon today, July 1.
Two members of communist terrorist group (CTG) were killed in a clash between them and the joint elements of 9th Infantry Battalion (9IB) of the 9th Infantry Division (9ID), Philippine Army and Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (CSPPO).
The dead rebels were identified as Roni Abellada Boncolmo also known as Jake, 45 years old of Barangay Patalunan, Ragay, commanding officer of Komite Seksyon sa Platun1 of Larangan 2, Komiteng Probinsya 1 of the Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC) and a certain alyas Oris.
It was learned that the government troops were responding into a report made by a concerned citizen regarding the presence of armed rebels in their barangay when they encountered more or less 15 communist terrorists (CT’s).
After the 30-minute firefight, the guerillas were seen scampering towards different directions, leaving their dead comrades behind. No one was hurt in the government side.
Recovered from the encounter site were six (6) 5.56mm M16 rifles, one (1) 5.56mm M653 rifle, one (1) improvised anti-personnel IED, other war materials and subversive documents.
Hot pursuit operations are still on-going.
It can be recalled that last June 28, two armed rebels were also killed in an encounter in Caramoan town while six high powered firearms and explosives were recovered.
The 902nd Infantry Brigade under Col. Rommel Tello once again expressed his appreciation to the Punong Barangay, his officials and the residents’ cooperation with the government’s campaign for a long lasting peace.
They believed that the residents are already fed up with the unlawful acts made by the CTGs and the danger they bring to the community.
They people have been emboldened to find ways and means to report to the authorities the presence of communist terrorists in their locality.
MGen. Fernando Trinidad, Commander of 9ID once again urged the CTG’s to lay down their arms and return to the comfort of their families and friends. He even encouraged them to live peacefully and take care of their children as they grow and become productive members of the community.
Once a rebel decides to return to the folds of the law, they can avail of the financial and livelihood assistance from the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).