Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NPA Bomber Captured in Maragusan

MARAGUSAN, Compostela Valley - Elements of Alpha Company of 69IB captured an NPA bomber named Elmer Dagatan alias Eric at Purok Humabon, Barangay New Panay, Maragusan, Compostela Valley Province on February 19, 2016.
Recovered from his position were one improvised explosive device (IED), 50 mtrs electrical wire, 8 pcs Battery, 2 blasting caps, 1 IED trigger mechanism. The IED attack was averted after a civilian informed the soldiers of his activity which prompted the soldiers to launch an operation. Elmer Dagatan and his companion were caught up by the soldiers in the area but his companion was able to evade leaving Dagatan alone. Upon verification, he said that they were members of Guerilla Front 27 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) and that they were tasked to conduct IED attacks against military personnel passing along the road.

Elmer Dagatan, 32, resident of Purok Acacia, Brgy Poblacion of the same municipality joined the CPP/NPA at the age of 23 because he was promised by the NPA leaders of a monthly allowance of Php 1,000.00 each for his four children and a sack of rice every month. According to him, the NPA who recruited him also promised him the processing of application for the birth certificates of his children.

Dagatan was turned-over to Maragusan Police Station for proper disposition as he will be charge for illegal possession of explosives (RA 9561)

“We are very thankful to the concern citizen who reported the NPA presence which only shows that masses grown tired of NPA’s terroristic activities in the area”. Lt. Col. Macawaris, 69IB commander said

Source: 69th Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army

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