By Nitz Arancon
AT LEAST 30 fully armed combatants who allegedly are members of the New People’s Army harassed an establishment in Cabang-lasan, Bukidnon last Wed-nesday, the Camp Alagar spokesman claimed over the weekend.
The attack happened on the same day the National Democratic Front and the government agreed to an interim joint ceasefire agrement in The Netherlands.
Supt. Lemuel Gonda, Camp Alagar spokesman, said at least 30 members of the NPA harassed the security guards of Mario Montesclaros Enterprises, Inc in Barangay Manda-hican, Cabanglasan town in Bukidnon at about 12:30 midnight on April 5.
Gonda claimed the combatants belonged to the NPA’s Guerrilla Front C6 led by a certain Alfredo Bulawan alias Alab.
Gonda added a two-hour firefight ensued between the NPAs and the security guards the establishment.
“Mga two hours kay gabii man nahitabo ang away. Balos-balos lang. Hinay-hinay ang movement kay night time man,” Gonda said.
There were no reported casualties on the side of the security guards of Mario Montesclaros Enterprises Inc and the authorities could not determine if the NPAs suffered any casualty in the gunfight.
Gonda said Cabangla-san Police Investigator SPO3 Reynaldo Doydora, and local barangay officials were able to recover firearms and bullets at the scene of the encounter.
Authorities found one live M14 bullet, one empy shell of a M14, and six empty shells of M16 which they surmised were used by the NPAs. Also recovered on the scene of the gunfight were seven empty shotgun shells from the security guards of the establishment.
Gonda said they are conducting pursuit operation in coordination with the Army’s 8th Infantry Batallion.