Bicol University student hurt as NPAs harass fun run

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LEGAZPI CITY, 7July2013 (PNA) – New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Sorsogon harassed elements of the Gubat Municipal Police Station while marshaling the fun run activity of Bicol University students Sunday morning.

The harassment in Barangay Buenavista was seen as retaliation to a recent setback incurred by the NPAs last July 4, where eight of their members were killed following an encounter with 9th Infantry Division units. Wounded was a 17 year-old female student whose feet were shot during the attack.

The victim was rushed to Sorsogon Doctors’ Hospital for treatment while personnel of the municipal police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s 31st Infantry Battalion are already pursuing the communist armed group.

The AFP condemns this recent attack by the NPA against innocent civilians.

“This is a heinous crime, and violates human rights, and the International Humanitarian Law. Their armed struggle has degenerated to criminal acts which put innocent civilian lives in danger, and cause serious damage to their properties,” AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.

Arnel Estiller alias ‘Ka Ariston’, Secretary of Larangan 2 of the Komiteng Probinsya (KomProb) in Sorsogon province and known NPA-Bicol Spokesman Greg Banares were among the eight killed during an encounter with the military in Barangay Upper Calmayon, Juban, Sorsogon on July 4.

This was confirmed by Col. Joselito E Kakilala, 903rd Infantry Brigade commander.

The incident led to a follow-up security operation in Barangay Gabao, Irosin, Sorsogon, Saturday where one NPA member was killed. (PNA)

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