NPA kills 2 troopers in Kalinga Sagada rebel camp takeover wounds 2 cops

At the same time, government troops overran an NPA camp in Sagada, Mountain Province used for training its rebels for combat but not before a fierce gun battle that resulted in the wounding of two police officers.

Major General Gregorio Catapang Jr., commander of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM), said that as of press time yesterday afternoon there have been flash encounters as government troops have been chasing the rebels since the first clash at 1:40 p.m. last Friday in Sitio Tomiangan, Barangay Dupag in Tabuk City.

The gun battle lasted 15 minutes with Corporals Rex Ragas and Dominador Concordia being hit fatally by the rebels' first volley of fire.

Also wounded in the encounter were Lt. Cesar Carsido and Privates First Class Marnel Lananga and Kennedy Savalla.

Sketchy reports said that the soldiers led by Lt. Carsido and one Lt. Faura of the 17th Infantry Battalion, were then on foot patrol when they were ambushed by the band of NPA guerrillas.

Catapang said the troopers believe they were also able to fatally wound a number of their attackers as the retreating rebels left a trail of blood along their escape route.

Meanwhile, police and military combatants took over the camp in Sitio Data, Barangay Aguid in Sagada even as two policemen were wounded by the rebels.

Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, director of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera Administrative Region (PRO-CAR), said the battle to take the camp resulted in the wounding of Police Officers 1 Primo Marcelo and Romel Sagot.

''They were injured after they were met with heavy gunfire by more or less 35 heavily armed communist rebels within the camp,'' said Magalong.

Superintendent Davy Vicente Limmong, PRO-CAR spokesman, admitted the assault and take-over was no easy task as an air assault was necessary to support the ground forces in the end.

''The camp is so important to them because they use it as a staging area for their tactical offensive,'' said Limmong.

It is believed to be the staging area for two recent big attacks - the ambush of police trainees that left one person dead in Tadian, Mt. Province; and the ambush of police commandos that resulted in the death of at least eight people in Cagayan province.

After overrunning the camp, Magalong said the joint police and military personnel discovered, subversive documents, medical kits and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) installed along the route and round the camp intended to inflict mass casualties to the operating forces of the government.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • 15 wounded in 2 explosions in restive southern Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 15 people have been wounded in two separate blasts that hit a police camp in a restive southern Philippine province where Muslim militants operate, police said Saturday. …

  • 15 wounded in mosque attack at Philippine police camp
    15 wounded in mosque attack at Philippine police camp

    Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said on Saturday. Successive blasts targeted the mosque inside Camp Kasim on the island of Jolo early evening Friday -- an initial grenade attack followed by a bomb explosion less than 10 minutes later that was intended to target police who rushed to the scene, local authorities said. "It seems the (first) explosion was set …

  • US missile cruiser docks at Subic
    US missile cruiser docks at Subic

    A US Navy missile cruiser has dropped anchor in Subic Bay as part of “routine port call,” amid rising tension in the West Philippine Sea stirred by China’s island building activities and other threatening moves by its forces. The arrival of the Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) at the Subic Bay Freeport in Olongapo City yesterday was “just a routine port visit for ship replenishment and routine maintenance of shipboard system,” said Philippine Navy Public Affairs Office …

  • Agri, power sectors should brace for El Niño
    Agri, power sectors should brace for El Niño

    The agriculture and power sectors, as well as the general public should brace for a prolonged El Niño phenomenon that could further reduce water supply for electricity and irrigation, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned yesterday. Flaviana Hilario, acting deputy administrator for research and development of PAGASA, said the El Niño condition is expected to intensify from weak to moderate by August this year. Anthony Lucero, …

  • China to US: Help cool down Phl on sea row
    China to US: Help cool down Phl on sea row

    The US should help “cool down” the Philippines and realize that its meddling in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute would only stir tensions, a Chinese newspaper reported. “Washington should know its meddling in the South China Sea has been destabilizing the region. The US has vowed not to take sides in the territorial dispute, which involves China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. …

  • No stopping K to 12 despite SC case, protests
    No stopping K to 12 despite SC case, protests

    K to 12 is the fruit of years of comprehensive consultations involving different sectors in education,” Aquino said during the launching of the program at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Organized by the Department of Education (DepEd), the launch was attended by teachers, students and representatives from different stakeholders supportive of the K to 12 program. It was held two years after the signing of Republic Act 10533, or the Enhanced Basic Education …

  • MNLF pushes review of peace pact with gov’t
    MNLF pushes review of peace pact with gov’t

    The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) maintained its bid for completion of the tripartite review of the implementation of the peace agreement with the Philippine government in 1996. The MNLF’s desire to put consensual closure to the tripartite effort was relayed by its leaders to Sayed El-Masry, the special envoy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), during the annual foreign ministers conference in Kuwait last Thursday. The MNLF peace agreement with the government in Sept. 2, …

  • Noy to raise sea dispute issue with Abe
    Noy to raise sea dispute issue with Abe

    President Aquino is expected to raise the West Philippine Sea dispute during his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan next week. However, there is no word yet if the Philippines will specifically ask Tokyo to join calls for China to stop its massive reclamation activities in disputed waters. Aquino will leave for Tokyo on June 2 for a state visit until June 5. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options