Saturday, January 22, 2011

NPA rebels attack security agency of retired Army General in Agusan del Sur

CAMP RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ, LIBERTAD, BUTUAN CITY- New People’s Army (NPA) rebels allegedly attacked on Friday a security office tasked with protecting a gold processing plant in Agusan del Sur.

An estimated twenty NPA rebels, identified as belonging to Front 14 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Command of the NPA under a certain "Kumander Tata", supposedly attacked the A-Y 76 Security Agency in Sitio Maya, Barangay Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur, on Friday morning.

A report from the Philippine National Police (PNP Caraga Regional Information Office said that the agency is owned by retired Army General Alexander Yapching, the former army commander of the Army’s 101st Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

The police report claimed that the security guards of the said agency engaged the communist rebels in a 30-minute gun fight, after which the rebels withdrew towards Sitio Luay and Barangays Wasian and Bayugan, all in Rosario, Agusan del Sur.

Yapching’s security guards were said to be contracted to guard a mining firm’s gold ore processing plant, reportedly owned by a government official.

Responding troops from the Agusan del Sur Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), 13th Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) and Firearms Explosives Security Agencies and Guards Supervision (FESAGS) of the Caraga PNP Regional Office went to the area and conducted their own investigation and ocular inspection, the report said. — TJD, GMANews.TV

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