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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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Spare civilians, rebels asked

The appeal was made to the New People’s Army yesterday by Brgy. Captain Elir Borres, after a civilian was injured during the failed assassination attempt on two Army soldiers in Brgy. Camindangan, Sipalay City, Friday.

The victim, identified as Roderick Samulde, sustained a gunshot wound in his buttocks and is now being treated at the Southern Negros Doctor’s Hospital in Kabankalan City, where the two injured soldiers are also confined.

Borres said the Camindangan barangay council and the populace condemned the assassination attempt on Army 2Lt. Rigor Borja and Cpl. Juanito Fernando, who have been assigned in the barangay for peace and development activities.

The assassination attempt, which was carried out by two suspected NPA assassins, including an amazon, in their early 20’s, also led to the injury of Samulde, a military report showed.

Borres yesterday confirmed the request of the Camindangan populace for the 47th Infantry Battalion to establish a permanent detachment in their area.

“ We want peace in our community,” he said.

Camindangan, located within the tri-boundaries of Sipalay, Cauayan and Candoni, that used to be a guerilla base of the NPA in southern Negros. Borres, however, said its peace and order situation has improved a lot, after the deployment of the 61st Infantry Battalion, which was later replaced by the 47IB, in the area.

While he acknowledged the presence of armed rebels in some of the 32 isolated sitios of Camindangan, Borres said majority of the people clamor for a permanent detachment in the place.

Lt. Col. Rodrigo Sosmena, 47IB commander, said he will study the request. In the absence of a permanent outpost, he said he will establish a patrol base in the place, which is about 30 kilometers from Sipalay City proper.

He described Brgy. Camindangan as an ideal guerilla base, because of its rugged terrain, and abundance of palay and other agricultural crops. * GPB

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