2 NPA rebels nabbed, 5 guns seized in Toboso-A A +A
Monday, September 16, 2013
TWO suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were arrested and five high-powered firearms were recovered following an encounter with government troopers early morning Saturday in Toboso town, Negros Occidental.
The military and police were patrolling Sitio Magtuod, Barangay Bug-ang in Toboso town around 4:45 a.m. Saturday when they chanced upon about 17 NPA rebels. A 10-minute firefight ensued, the Army reported.
Another gun battle occurred around 7:15 a.m. when government troopers pursued the rebels, who fled toward sitios Vergara and Magtuod in Bug-ang village, Toboso.
While fleeing the scene of encounter, the NPA rebels left behind their two comrades, the military report said.
Authorities captured Rene Villarin and Richard Gallego at Sitio Magtuod, Barangay Bug-ang. They also recovered three M-16 rifles, two caliber .45 pistols, one rifle grenade, eight ammunition for AK- 47, two backpacks containing subversive documents of high intelligence value, and personal belongings from the two suspected rebels.
Villarin and Gallego were brought to the Sagay City Police Office for medical check-up, proper documentation, and filing of appropriate criminal charges, the military added.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 16, 2013.