1 dead, 12 hurt in encounters with NPA in Cordillera


BAGUIO, Philippines – The New People's Army launched a June offensive in Northern Luzon with two encounters in Isabela and Mountain Province, resulting in one death and 12 injuries on the government side. 

In the morning of Tuesday, June 5, members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 and Mountain Province Provincial Mobile Force Company had an encounter with an undetermined number of NPA guerrillas at Mt. Sipitan, Brgy Aguid, Sagada, Mt. Province.

The encounter resulted in the killing of PO2 Henry Dion, and wounding Police Superintendent Joseph B. Cayat, PO3 Wilfred Manacnis, PO1 Aldrin C. Bocalan, PO1 Clarence D. Abuan, PO1 Antolin D. Potpoten, PO1 Xander M. Depnag, PO1 Jake B Paat, PO1 Yasser L. Guzman and PO2 Regie Palome.

Earlier on June 4, Monday, 6 members of the Philippine Army under the 86th Infantry Battalion were wounded in a 20-minute clash with NPA guerrillas in Echague, Isabela.

The army personnel were conducting focused military operation when they had an encounter in Barangay Mabbayad with about 20 NPA guerrillas.

No casualty were reported among insurgents but Police Regional Office-Cordillera Regional Director, Police Superintendent Rolando Zambale Nana directed all cops to coordinate with the heads of government hospitals and private clinics within the immediate and nearby areas of Sagada and Bontoc and check on any person with gunshot wounds and to block all possible exit point within their area of responsibility. – Rappler.com