9th ID troopers capture 2 NPA rebels, high-powered weapons

Two New People’s Army (NPA) fighters were captured along with their weapons during a clash with 9th Infantry Division troopers in Camarines Sur Friday morning.

Capt. Mardjorie Paimela Panesa, 9th Infantry Division public affairs office chief, said the encounter took place at 5:10 a.m. at Barangay Sagrada, Iriga City.

She added that soldiers under Task Group CamSur and the 22nd Infantry Battalion were conducting routine security patrols when they were fired upon by an undetermined number of NPA rebels.

The shooting lasted for 10 minutes and resulted in the capture of two NPA fighters and their weapons consisting of two M-653 automatic rifles, one M-203 grenade launcher and subversive documents.

The rebels were turned over to PNP Iriga for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.