Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Operation manhunt versus rebels in Aurora to continue
CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City, August 23, 2011-Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) Chief Major General Jessie Dellosa said that the operation manhunt against the New People’s Army (NPA) will continue to maintain the stability of the peace and order in the entire province.
“The troops led by Lt. Col. Kurt Decapia are inspired and motivated to disrupt the NPA’s extortion activities and show of force in the recent manifestation of the villagers full support to the 48th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army,” Dellosa said, following the foiled harassment and ambush of Bayanihan Patrol Team of soldiers in Barangay Diteki, San Luis, Aurora last August 12 that led to the recovery of improvised explosive devices.
Three days after, local officials and hundreds of villagers led by Barangay Capt. Maria Fe Rios gathered at Barangay Diteki basketball court in San Luis and openly denounced the atrocities perpetrated by the NPA.
NOLCOM spokesperson Captain Jovily Carmel Cabading said that there is no let-up in the pursuit operations being conducted by government forces against the remaining NPA members.
“The army troopers are trying their best to send a message to the NPAs that they are just being used and abused by their leaders who do not want this armed conflict to end,” she said, adding that the government already re-opens the venue for a sincere “peacetalk” where rebellions will hopefully be resolved in time.
Cabading said that they send message to the rebels that there is a pressing need to give this “peacetalk” a chance to succeed, saying that these atrocities in Aurora will not help anyone achieve genuine peace.
Cabading revealed that one soldier identified as Private First Class Erwin Dacayo was slightly wounded in today’s hot pursuit operation conducted at around 6:20 in the morning.
The elements of Charlie Company, 48th Infantry Battalion led by 2lt Edwin Lauro caught up with the armed rebels in Barangay Dimanayat, in their temporary ‘put-up’ camp. NPA’s personal belongings and some subversive documents were left behind as they run for their lives.
Back to Dellosa, he said that it is obvious that the rebels are anti-development and so they will block any progress in the province. The statement made by Senator Edgardo Angara lately that Aurora can be the richest province in the country because of the Benham Rise (a potential source of energy) might have fueled their (NPA) desire to disrupt peace in the communities.
Lt. Col. Kurt Decapia emphasized that their unit is open for dialogue even in any means of communication for the fleeing NPAs who wish to surrender to the government. (Jason de Asis)
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