LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 31 (PNA) -- While conducting an internal security operation at about 11:42 a.m. Sunday, elements of the 9th Infantry Division encountered more or less than 12 New People’s Army (NPA) members at the vicinity of Sitio Balalong, Barangay Villa Pogado, Cataingan, Masbate.
A police report said the rebels were believed to be members of Kilusang Larangang Gerilya-South led by Rogelio Suson, also known as Ka Manong.
The firefight lasted for 10 minutes with no casualty on the government side and an undetermined number on enemy side.The rebels withdrew toward southeast direction.
Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr., Bicol police regional director, directed all chiefs of adjacent police stations to conduct checkpoint operations and intelligence monitoring in their respective areas of responsibility.
A hot pursuit operation is still being conducted by elements of the 9IB against the fleeing enemies. (PNA) SCS/FGS/EMC/CBD/SSC