Four suspected members of the New People’s Army in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, have been charged by the Philippine National Police after their capture by Scout Rangers of the Philippine Army during an encounter Friday.
Brig. Gen. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in Tanjay, Negros Oriental, identified the four suspects as Ricardo Seniagan, 37, of Linantuyan and Thomas Carello Isugan, “alias Jamis”, 19, of Barangay Buenavista, all in Guihulngan City; Jessie Gamay Bongcawil, 19, of Barangay Nasunogan, La Libertad, Negros Oriental; and Dandy Manuling Pemerin, “alias Daniel”, 18, of La Castellana, Negros Occidental.
The four were allegedly abandoned by their comrades after a clash in Sitio Cansayawan, Barangay Linantuyan, Guihulngan, at the boundary of Barangay Plagatasanon.
Troopers of the 3rd Scout Ranger Company of the First Scout Ranger Battalion clashed at about 12:50 p.m. with 20 suspected NPA members of the Komiteng Rehiyon Negros operating in the northern part of Negros Island.
The suspected insurgents divided themselves into two groups, Patrimonio said.
The suspected rebels, who were left behind by their companions, were captured by pursuing Scout Rangers.
An M-14 armalite rifle was recovered from one of them.
The suspects were turned over to the Guihulngan police who filed charges that included illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, among others, against them.
Patrimonio said Army troops are continuing their relentless combat operations with Philippine Air Force helicopters on standby, ready to deploy when warranted.*JFP
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