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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Army apprehends NPA couriers after clash in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur, June 27 (PIA) – Six alleged food couriers for the New People’s Army were apprehended by the 36th Infantry "Valor" Battalion (36IB) in Surigao del Sur on June 22, a military official said.

According to 36IB Civil Military Operations officer Lt. Jonald Romorosa, prior to the incident, they received a report from the residents of the presence of the NPA Terrorist conducting extortion activity.

The 36IB troopers immediately responded, and a clash happened between the government troopers and more or less six members of NPA Terrorist at the vicinity of Sitio Bibian, in Barangay Barangay Mampi that lasted for about 10 minutes.

Romorosa said while they were conducting pursuit and blocking operations against the fleeing rebels when they intercepted two habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire) carrying a food cache believed to be owned by the NPA and six alleged food couriers.

 They were identified as Lisa Bacor Clorina, Isagani De Castro Nazareno; Gino De Castro Nazareno; Cyrel Nazareno; Juan De Castro Nazareno; and Chery Mae Maquiling, all from Barangay Gamuton in Lanuza town.

The troops have seized four cartons corn beef, one box bihon, one gallon cooking oil, one gallon soy sauce, one gallon vinegar, four trays fresh egg, one pack biscuits, 24 pieces noodles, four empty containers, 36 tins sardines, five pads notebooks and pencils, and assorted ingredients.

The military formally turned-over the apprehended personalities to Lanuza Municipal Police Station for proper investigation of their involvement and participation in the said incident.

Meanwhile, 36IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad has strongly condemned the extortion activity conducted by the members of the NPA Terrorist victimizing innocent civilians.

“It is disheartening that the CPP-NPA Terrorist threatens the civilians and use them as their courier for their futile cause,” Trinidad said. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)