Army vows intensified operations vs lawless groups in Davao

DAVAO CITY — The Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division vows to pursue the lawless armed groups (LAGs) responsible for the attack of a military detachment in Sitio Quiman-anon, Barangay Salapawan, Paquibato District, Davao City last Saturday, April 16.

In a statement to the media here on Monday, 10th ID commander Major General Rafael Valencia said pursuit operations are already ongoing against the fleeing rebels.

A civilian and a member of Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) were hurt when the lawless groups attacked and burned the military detachment on Saturday.

Army 10th ID chief information officer Captain Rhyan Batchar also told reporters here that at least 60 fully armed members of the lawless group New People’s Army (NPA) were responsible for the attack.

Batchar identified the wounded CAFGU member as Mario Carliaman and the civilian as Randy Ramirez.

Both are still undergoing medical treatment for the wounds they sustained during the attack.

Lt. Col. Louie DS Villanueva, commander of 84th IB operating in the area, said that the lawless groups responsible for the attack were led by a certain Commander Jinggoy.

Villanueva also assured that the Army will hunt down the perpetrators without let up as massive pursuit operations are already ongoing in the area.

The New People’s Army (NPA) in Southern Mindanao confirmed its 1st Pulang Bagani Command is in custody of the chief of police of Paquibato and four of his officers as Prisoners of War.

Rigoberto Sanchez, spokesperson of the NPA-Regional Operations Command- Southern Mindanao Region, said Police Chief Inspector Leonardo V. Tarungoy, PO3 Rosenie L. Cabuenas, PO3 Rudolph Y. Pacete, PO2 Neil C. Arellano, and PO3 Abdul Azis A. Ali were taken by the rebels following an attack of the 72nd Infantry Battalion CAA detachment at 7:00 am Saturday in Sitio Quimanao, Barangay Salapawan, Paquibato District.

He said the rebels also seized two 9mm pistols and one .45 caliber pistol from the policemen.

Sanchez disclosed that the police officers were snatched at around 11:30 a.m on Saturday by another unit of the 1st Pulang Bagani rebels who positioned a few hundred meters away from the detachment.

The police officers were reportedly on board a mobile patrol vehicle and took them as prisoners-of-war.

“The POWs will be held in custody pending an investigation for possible war crimes and other crimes against the people and the revolutionary movement,” Sanchez said in a press statement sent late Sunday. PNA/northboundasia.com