Six women nabbed at the encounter site in Sitio Canlusong, Brgy. Cansalongon, Isabela, last week, were charged in court for violation of PD 1829, or Penalizing Obstruction of Apprehension and Prosecution of Criminal Offenders, Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said last night.
Arevalo said the six women, Elizabeth Antrone, Erlinda Garsola, Marecic Bordago, Maricar Estoya, Jorgen Lesadio and Merencea Guadia, are now detained at the Isabela Police Station jail.
The encounter on Nov. 22 between 62nd Infantry Battalion soldiers and 15 suspected NPA rebels led to the death of a suspected NPA member and the capture of his comrade, who was injured.
Arevalo said the killed NPA member identified as Rassim Chanco was an intelligence officer of the Central Negros Front of the NPA, while the injured was Ernesto Amallo, who served as squad leader of the rebel group.
Recovered from the encounter site were a 9mm pistol, a rifle grenade, two ICOM radio handsets, among other war materials.
This was followed by another encounter on Nov. 24 in Brgy. Caradio-an, Himamaylan City, where some rebels were reported to have been injured, based on bloodstains discovered along their withdrawal route, Arevalo said.
Ammunition and a magazine of AK 47 assault rifle, trip wire of an improvised explosive device were among the war materials recovered at the encounter site.
Arevalo said that their pursuit operations against fleeing rebels are still ongoing, as they have received reports that communist rebels are planning to have accomplishments, before the 51st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Dec. 26.*
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