BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Two suspected New People’s Army rebels were captured, and several others were reported to have been injured, following an encounter with 94th Infantry Battalion soldiers in Sitio Agbacagay, Brgy. Santol, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental Tuesday.
The gun-battle that ensued between about 30 NPA rebels and 94IB soldiers lasted for about 10 minutes, and led to the capture of George Esyo, with the aliases Pakyaw and Partner, and Eduardo Mission, alias Ka Edo, both of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, and members of the Central Negros Front 1 of the NPA, Lt. Col. Angelo Guzman, 94IB commander, said.
Guzman said the capture of the two rebels, who were hiding along a creek line, was due to a report to his troops by civilians in the area.
Also recovered at the encounter site were an M653 carbine assault rifle, six magazines of M14 rifle with ammunition, several magazines containing ammunition, solar panels, two cellular phones, two backpacks, and a medical kit.
Guzman said the residents told them that the injured rebels were carried by their fleeing comrades, and that no one among his troops was hurt in the encounter.
Maj. Cenon Pancito, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, said that a civilian reported to the 94IB troops that the fleeing rebels passed near his residence, carrying two men with injuries in the chest and buttocks.
Guzman said the operation was launched when residents reported the presence of armed rebels in their community.
“Our operations in Negros Island are, and will always be relentless,” Guzman said, adding that they are determined to free communities from the presence of rebels and their terroristic activities.
Two weeks ago, 94IB soldiers also figured in two armed skirmishes with NPA rebels in Brgy. Tan-awan, Kabankalan City, and Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, that claimed the life of a suspected rebel.*