SANTIAGO, Ilocos Sur- Civilians are now living in fear as remnants of the 15-band NPA rebels, five of them killed in running gunbatle in nearby Candon city and Sta Lucia town over the weekend, were reportedly trying to tacitly seek food and shelter from civilian houses in this town.
Facebook accounts from civilians claim there were unidentified armed men, believed to be part of the the group of rebels who engaged in the bloody fierce gunbattle with government troops last Saturday and Sunday, knocking the doors of civilian houses during wee hours of the night, creating a climate of fear from the civilians.
Army soldiers reported at least five members of the Komiteng Larangan Gerilya South Ilocos Sur (KLG-SIS) of the New People's Army were killed in a series of encounter during combat operations conducted by the 702nd Infantry Brigade in Barangay Suagayan, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur around 2 pm on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
According to the report from 702nd Infantry Brigade, 3 successive encounters between government troops and the bandits were recorded in Ilocos Sur.
Army said four M16 rifles, 2 M14 rifles, 1 cal. 45 pistol, one 9mm pistol, 1 shotgun, 6 Improvised Explosive Device, 15 blasting caps, 5 detonating switch, 2 rolls of 25 meter wire, 3 hand grenades, 15 cellphones, subversive documents and assorted medicines were recovered from the encounter areas, along with the 5 NPA killed during the encounter.
Of the five NPA bandits killed, 2 were identified as Rolando Marvil alias "Eugene", team member and a resident of Bgy. Bugnay, Candon City, Ilocos Sur; alias "Maymay", an NPA medic and whose real identity is yet to be known but was reportedly a graduate from U.P. Diliman; and 3 others are still in the process of identification.
According to report, there were 5 wounded and 1 killed in action on the government side and one civilian was killed.
“We are now living in fear after news circulated in FB that there were three armed men roaming around during night time and knocking houses of civilians in barangay Mambog, asking food and seeking shelter after the gunbattle,” said Beth, nother real name.