LEGAZPI CITY: Elements of the 9th Infantry Division encountered about 12 suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members while conducting internal security operation at about 11:42 a.m. on Sunday at the vicinity of Sitio Balalong, Barangay Villa Pogado, Cataingan, Masbate.
Police report said the rebels were believed to be members of Kilusang Larangang Gerilya-South led by Rogelio Suson, also known as “Ka Manong.”
The firefight lasted for 10 minutes with no casualty on the government side and an undetermined number on enemy side. The rebels withdrew toward southeast direction.
Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., Bicol police regional director, directed all chiefs of adjacent police stations to conduct checkpoint operations and intelligence monitoring in their respective areas of responsibility.