THREE suspected members of New People’s Army (NPA) were arrested and several firearms were recovered by combined elements of police and military following an encounter with the rebel groups the other day in Taytay, Palawan.
Identities of the arrested persons who were brought to Taytay Municipal Police Station for further investigation were not yet available as of press time.
Reports reaching Camp Crame showed that the incident occurred at around 10:20 a.m. at Sitio Maubog, Barangay Alacalian, Taytay, Palawan.
Accordingly, elements of 1st Maneuver Company were conducting combat operation in the area when they spotted a woman who was giving lecture to more or less 20 armed men inside a nipa hut in the said area.
The government troops immediately went to the area to check but they were met with gunfires.
A firefight immediately ensued and lasted for several minutes until the rebels fled towards an unknown direction.
Recovered from the encounter site were two improvised land mines, one M16 A1 rifle with 10 magazines, one portable generator set, ten assorted magazines for caliber 7.62 and caliber 5.56 ammunitions, 15 rounds for 12 gauge shotgun, 159 rounds for caliber 5.56 mm, 1 round for caliber 9mm and 3 rounds for caliber .45 pistol; six assorted cellular phones, one ASUS netbook and six pieces cellular phones’ headsets, 22 pieces cloth marked “New People’s Army,” 30 pieces cloth with markings “Bienvenido Vallever Command,” 10 pieces olive colored shirts marked “Bagong Hukbong Bayan-Palawan and Bienvenido Vallever command” and 12 pieces of bull caps marked.
The troops also recovered 8 pieces of colored black bandoliers, assorted books with titles “Aklat ng Maikling Kurso ng Lipunan at Ribolusyong Pilipino, Araling Aktibista, Dagitab, Batayang Kurso ng Partido and Piling mga Sulating Militar ni Mao Zedong,” one National democratic front flag, assorted notebooks, certificate of Training from Bienvenido Command with names of participants, military compass and other subversive documents, assorted medicines and two pieces of improvised stretchers and assorted types of IEDs and other explosives.
Authorities are now conducting hot pursuit operation against the fleeing rebels.