BATTLE-tested Army Scout Rangers on Tuesday killed two New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas who allegedly were behind the recent burning of cargo trucks in Bukidnon.
2nd Lt. Jayvee Santiago, platoon leader of the 10th Scout Ranger Company, in a report sent to Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City (Metro Manila) said he and his unit were on a tracking patrol when they engaged the guerrillas in Kipolot sub-village, Palacapao, Quezon town.
Santiago said the firefight erupted when the NPAs who were hiding in the bushes opened fire at them around 2:25 a.m.
“They established a temporary encampment in the woods and are planning to launch another attack at a nearby police detachment,” he added.
Santiago said without elaborating that scores were wounded in the 30-minute firefight.
His troops, he added, are pursuing the guerrillas.
During clearing operations, the military recovered three high-powered firearms—two M-16A1 and one AK-47 rifles.
According to Santiago, government troops suffered no casualties.
The military tagged the band of guerrillas as responsible for the burning of several cargo trucks in Quezon town on Sunday, allegedly after the owner refused to give them money.
It said the rebels are notorious for extorting money from businessmen and even common motorists plying the Bukidnon-Davao highway.
“These atrocities against civilians and non-military targets are clear violations of the Republic Act [RA] 5467 and Presidential Decree 1613 or the Philippine laws against the various forms of arson. It is also punishable under RA 9851, a law that punishes violations of the International Humanitarian Law,” said Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the military’s Public Affairs Office.
Policemen who were wounded in last Sunday’s clash with the NPA will be given appropriate honors and medals for their bravery in fighting off the communist rebels.
Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., Northern Mindanao Regional Police Commander, also on Tuesday said the policemen were wounded after engaging around 300 NPA rebels in Quezon town.
The regional police commander added that the rebels, who have disguised themselves as police and military personnel, also burned at least seven dump trucks in their rampage.
Cruz said the 10 wounded policemen will be given Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting.