Friday, July 14, 2017

Suspected rebels torch abandoned Army camp in Masbate

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 -- Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels torched on Monday night an abandoned Philippine Army (PA) in Barangay (village) Calipat-an, San Jacinto town in Masbate, a Philippine National Police (PNP) report said Tuesday.

Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson, quoting a police report, said villagers reported the burning incident to the police stating that at around 6:30 pm Monday, at least 15 NPA rebels swooped down an Army camp vacated by the Charlie Coy, 2IB based in Sitio Padaguiton, Barangay Calipat-an, an outskirt village in San Jacinto, Masbate.

The raiding NPA rebels bearing assault rifles and gallons of gasoline set on fire camp facilities made of light materials which include 13 barracks, a function hall, and mess hall.

After setting the camp ablaze, the NPA rebels fled.

Responding firefighters declared a fire out at about 7:30 pm the same day with fire damages placed at P100,000.(Mar Arguelles and Jorge Hallare/PNA)