A GROUP of heavily armed men suspected to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) on Tuesday morning raided a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) detachment in Caramoan Island in Camarines Sur.
Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame said 34 suspected NPA members stormed Caramoan Wharf Coast Guard station in Barangay Guijalo at around 10:30 a.m., Tuesday and disarmed Senior Navy 1 Juan Miguel Ravago who was manning the station alone.
It said about eight heavily armed men ransacked the detachment and took an M16 rifle, a base radio, 2 handheld radio units, personal file and assorted uniforms.
Other suspected rebels who acted as blocking force were posted at the Guijalo port, including a Catholic church, it added.
Lt. Col. Joselito Pastrana, commander of the Philippine Army’s 42nd Infantry Battalion (42nd IB) said the rebels destroyed the Coast Guard’s pumpboat and rubber boat.
Pastrana believed that the raid was not planned and the rebels just saw an opportunity upon seeing that the Coast guard station was undermanned. The station is said to be usually manned by four personnel but they were attending a seminar when the raid happened.
Police also said the rebels also ambushed a PNP patrol car in Gubat town last week wounding five policemen who were passing through Sitio Casili, Barangay Marinas, Gubat, Sorsogon.
Wounded in the ambuscade were SPO1 Ronald D. Din; PO3 Aris E Hasal; PO1 Gerry H. Gabuyo; PO2 Dennis S. Garbida; and policewoman PO2 Sheryl Marbella.
Meanwhile, in Camarines Norte, the rebels also attacked at Sitio Namukanan, Barangay Daguit, Labo, Camarines Norte destroying construction equipment for failure of government contractors to pay the mandatory revolutionary taxes to the rebels.
They simultaneously attacked and killed two soldiers, a certain PVT Regore and Army Cafgu Anthony Aceron while PFC Carazo wounded in action.
Police and military authorities said the rebels in Bicol are now intensifying their atrocities seven months before the Presidential and local elections in the country.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Hernando Iriberri on Saturday met the commanders of AFP in Southern Luzon to lay down the plans and security measures in an effort to go after the armed men and partisan armed groups (PAGs) that may hamper honest and peaceful the 2016 national and local elections.
WITH REPORTS FROM ANTHONY VARGAS AND FERNAN MARASIGAN