Tuesday, June 14, 2005

14 killed in Central Luzon

RHB fighters clash with police in Pampanga, Bataan Soldiers seize high-powered rifles & pistols


Fourteen members of the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB), a breakaway group of the New People’s Army, were killed Sunday in two separate clashes with police and government troops in the provinces of Pampanga and Bataan, police said yesterday.

Thirteen RHB members including their leader were killed in a two-hour gunbattle with police and Philippine Army troopers in Barangay San Nicolas in Mexico, Pampanga, last Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a suspected RHB member was killed while four of his companions were captured after a gun battle in full view of the public in Barangay Saguing, Dinalupihan, Bataan, also Sunday.

In a report to Chief Supt. Alejandro C. Lapinid, Police Regional Office 3 director, Senior Supt. Leonardo A. Espina, Pampanga provincial police director, said joint elements of the 69th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army led by Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Bong Visaya and police led by Pampanga Mobile Group commander Supt. Keith Ernald Singian and Mexico acting police chief Senior Inspector Roger Tomen engaged 30 heavily armed RHB members in a running gun battle which began at 3:50 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Barangay San Nicolas.

Espina said 13 RHB members were killed during the clash while no casualty was reported on the government side.

Police said that among those killed in the Mexico encounter were one Luciano Tubig y Posadas, 40, resident of San Agustin, San Luis; Melvin Bondoc y Francisco, alias Ka Aris, 20, of Barangay Sto. Rosario, Mexico, and Marcial Dungca y Canlas, alias Ka Mar, 33, of San Pedro, San Simon, all of Pampanga.

Recovered from the encounter were an M14 rifle, an Uzi submachine pistol, six M16 rifles, one grenade launcher, one M653 rifle, one carbine and one .45 caliber pistol, subversive documents and assorted empty shells and live ammunition for long firearms.

Police said the bodies of the RHB members were brought to Tumang Funeral Parlor for autopsy. (Franco G. Regala)

1RHB rebel killed, four captured in Bataan gun battle

DINALUPIHAN, Bataan — A suspected member of the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB), a breakaway group of the New People’s Army, was killed while four companions were captured after a gun battle in full view of the public along the highway in Barangay Saguing last Sunday afternoon.

Senior Supt. Hernando M. Zafra, Bataan PNP director, said that he sent his men led by Chief Inspector Luisito Magnaye and Senior Inspector Rogelio Rillon, chief and deputy chief of Provincial Intelligence, respectively, and Inspector Willie Manaloto to check the reported presence of armed men in the barangay when they were fired upon by the armed rebels who were on board a motorized tricycle.

Zafra said his men returned fire killing Ricardo Flores, 50, of Purok 4, Roosevelt, Dinalupihan, and wounding Leonardo Movilla, alias Ka Mely of Barangay Colo. Police brought Movilla to a hospital for treatment.

Police said they also captured Alvin Yandan, alias Ka Bingbing who was the alleged head of the group and resident of Barangay Magsaysay; Reynaldo Bitonio, 32, of Colo; and Rolando Marzan of Roosevelt, all of Dinalupihan.

Taken from the rebels were three fragmentation grenades, five .38 caliber revolvers, a 9mm pistol, live bullets, four cellular phones, and subversive documents.

Police said that barangay residents had complained the suspected RHB members were forcing them to pay "taxes."

Police said that Yandan has an standing warrant of arrest issued by Judge Erasto Tanciongco of the Hermosa-Dinalupihan municipal trial court for the killing of Luder Pelagio and Joey Abraham last Feb. 19 in Magsaysay. (Mar T. Supnad)

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