Eight wounded in an ambush by NPA rebels in General Luna, Quezon

admin   •   February 28, 2018   •   10143

The military truck ambushed by the alleged NPA rebels in Quezon

QUEZON, Philippines —Five soldiers and three civilians were wounded in an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in General Luna, Quezon Province, Tuesday.

The military said the soldiers of the 514th Engineering Construction Battalion of the Philippine Army 51st Brigade were on board a truck when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded Barangay Bacong, General Luna, Quezon.

Shortly afterward, armed men shot them multiple times.

The wounded military troops were identified as Pfc. Marlon Mercaida, Pvt. King Philip Villalva, Pfc. Addy Mayor, Pfc. Jorge Assistin Jr. and Pfc. Banjodel Rosario.

Three civilians on board a passing jeep were also injured.

“Ang nangyari po sa amin, yung sinasakyan po nila saka yung sinasakyan namin ay nagkatapatan, then sumabog tapos nagkaputukan na (Our vehicles were parallel to each other when the explosion occurred),” said Hazel Macalalad, one of the victims.

“Yun pong sakay po ng Philippine Army ay kasalukuyang ginagamot po dito sa Bondoc Peninsula, Catanauan, Quezon at sila naman po ay nasa maayos na kalagayan at ligtas sa anumang kapahamakan,” said Gen. Luna police chief PSI. Eliezer Cayco.

(Those on board the Philippine Army vehicle are being treated at the Bondoc Peninsula, Catanauan, Quezon. They are now in good condition and are safe from any danger.)

Authorities are now pursuing the group responsible for the attack. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

Quezon LGU ensures physical distancing at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020

LUCENA CITY, Philippines – The Quezon provincial government on Thursday assured that physical distancing will be observed in evacuation centers in areas affected by Typhoon ‘Ambo’ (international name: Vongfong).

The Quezon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that the physical distancing measure will be implemented on a per-family basis to ensure that the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will not spread among the evacuees.

The Quezon Province is among the areas that are on the track of Typhoon ‘Ambo’.

According to the 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southernmost part of Quezon Province, including Tagkawayan, Calauag, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Andres, and San Francisco have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3.

Other areas under signal no. 3 are:

  • Sorsogon
  • Albay
  • Masbate including Tucao and Burias Islands
  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camarines Norte
  • Northern Samar
  • The northern portion of Eastern Samar (Jipapad, Arteche, Maslog, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpio, Can-avid, Taft, Sulat, San Julian, Borongan City, Maydolong)
  • The northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, Matuguinao, San Jose de Buan, Catbalogan, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Tarangnan, San Sebastian, Hinabangan)
  • Biliran

Meanwhile, signal no. 2 was hoisted over:

  • Southern portion of Quezon (Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, Tiaong, San Antonio, Lucena, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Pitogo, Quezon, Alabat, Perez, Real)
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Laguna
  • Southeastern portion of Batangas (Padre Garcia, Ibaan, Batangas City, Taysan, Rosario, Lobo, San Juan)
  • Northernmost portion of Leyte (Calubian, San Isidro, Tabango, Leyte, Capoocan, Carigara, Barugo, San Miguel, Babatngon, Tunga, Alangalang, Sta. Fe, Tacloban City, Jaro)
  • The rest of Samar
  • The rest of Eastern Samar

Signal no. 1 was raised over the following areas:

  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Bulacan
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Bataan
  • Pampanga
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Eastern portion of Pangasinan (Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Binmaley, San Carlos, Urbiztondo, Basista, Bayambang, Bautista, Calasiao, Alcala, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Dagupan, Mangaldan, San Jacinto, Mapandan, Manaoag, Urdaneta, Villasins, Sto. Tomas, Rosalies, Balungao, Umingan, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Natividad, Tayug, Asingan, San Nicolas, San Manuel, Binalonan, Laoac, Pozorrubio, Sison, San Fabian)
  • The rest of Quezon
  • The rest of Batangas
  • Rest of northern portion of Leyte (Villaba, Kananga, Matag-ob, Palompon, Ormoc, Merica, Isabel, Albuena, Pastrana, Dagami, Tanauan, Tabontabon, Tolosa, Barauen, Julita, Dulag)
  • Northeastern portion of Capiz (Pilar)
  • Northeastern portion of Iloilo (Carles, Balasan, Estancia, Batad)
  • Northern Cebu (Medelin, Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Santa Fe)

The PDRRMO assured they are ready to help and that there are enough relief goods for all families evacuated from their homes.

As of posting time, heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Ambo have begun lashing parts of Quezon.

PAGASA said Typhoon Ambo is packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 255 kph. It is moving west at the speed of 15 kph.

The state weather bureau warned that the typhoon may bring heavy to at times intense rains that may induce flooding and landslides.

Storm surges of up to 4.0 meters may be experienced over the coastal areas of Northern Samar, Samar (west coast), Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Quezon, and Aurora.

PAGASA said that along with large swells, this storm surge may cause potentially life-threatening coastal inundation. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Japhet Cablaida)

PH Army orders probe on death of ex-soldier shot by cop in QC

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army on Thursday said it has ordered an investigation into the death of a retired soldier after he was shot by a police officer during an altercation at a checkpoint in Quezon City.

In a statement, the Philippine Army said the probe into the killing of former soldier, Private First Class Winston Ragos, would be conducted by the Army Judge Advocate in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The Army said that Ragos retired from the military service in 2017 after he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“In January 2017, Ragos was given a complete disability discharge from his military service, separation package and other assistance, after being diagnosed with a mental disorder (PTSD),” Army Commanding General Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay said.

“To a soldier, the wounds of war are not just physical but also mental and their scars are not always visible,” he added.

Army Spokesperson Colonel Ramon Zagala, however, clarified that Ragos was not deployed in Marawi, contrary to earlier reports.

“He was not in Marawi. Although he served in combat in Camarines Norte in 2010,” he said in a message to reporters.

Ragos was killed after he was shot by a police officer identified as Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo during a confrontation in a quarantine control point in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Report from the Quezon City Police District said that Florendo and four other police trainees were manning the checkpoint along Maligaya Drive in Barangay Pasong Putik when they were confronted by Ragos.

A closed circuit television (CCTV) footage showed Ragos arguing with the police while Florendo pointed a gun at him.

A video of the incident that went viral on social media showed Ragos being persuaded by other police officers to surrender to authorities with Florendo standing a few feet away.

Ragos, however, did not heed their call, and instead faced the police officer and acted as if he was pulling something from his sling bag.

The QCPD said Ragos’ action have prompted Florendo to shoot him twice.

The man swayed for a moment until he dropped to the ground. He was then rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.

The PNP earlier said it has ordered an independent probe on the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Phl Army seizes NPA’s temporary training ground in Iloilo

Maris Federez   •   April 19, 2020

ILOILO, Philippines — The 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion of the Philippine Army (PA) has reported an encounter with more or less 40 CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) believed to be members of Suyak (SDG) Platoon in Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miagao, Iloilo at about 10:20 in the morning, Saturday, April 18.

The Army said in a statement released on the same day that its troops were conducting combat operations in response to a report about the training of newly recruited CNTs in the area when the clash broke out.

The PA added that the firefight lasted for 35 minutes before the enemies scampered towards different directions leaving their dead comrade behind.

LtC. Joel Benedict G. Batara INF, the 61st IB Commanding Officer, said the troops captured one body count, seven personalities believed to be CNTs including 1 minor, age 14.

The troop also recovered one M1 Garand Rifle with live ammunitions, one KG9 sub-machine gun, one cal. 45 pistol, one cal. 45 pistol holster, two 12-gauge shotguns with 4 live ammunitions, one pistolized home-made shotgun, two IEDs, seven backpacks, two Bandolier, six NPA sweat shirts, two NPA flags, and subversive documents and medical paraphernalia.

“The CNTs are taking advantage of the current crisis and conducted massive recruitment and training among minors. Part of their training and test mission is to conduct tactical offensive against government forces and sabotage vital facilities. We will not allow those lawless elements to harass our forces helping to fight COVID19 virus,” LtC. Batara added.

The Army went further by commending the vigilance of the locals in reporting the presence of the CPP-NPA Terrorists in their area.

This resulted in what the Army referred to as successful deterrence of CPP-NPA’s terroristic activities. —mbmf

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