Apó E. Hápá
Legazpi City, [07.12.17] – [Updated] Three successive explosions rocked the two villages of Barangays Gahit and Busay in Cataingan, Masbate as a twin encounter occurred this morning between the police and communist rebels, in an apparent renewed offensive against the local police in the 3rd District of Masbate.
In a report to Camp Simeon A. Ola by the Cataingan Municipal Police Station said, that a concerned citizen reported the explosion incident to the police station at Barangay Gahit, Cataingan, Masbate.
The responding joint personnel of Cataingan Municipal Police Station and the 5th Maneuver Platoon of Masbate Provincial Public Safety Company while on their way to the encounter site in Barangay Gahit was bombed and fired upon by the enemies at 9:00 o’ clock in the morning.
At 9:40 in the morning another explosion transpired as the rebels engaged the elements of the 4th Maneuver Platoon, Masbate Provincial Public Safety Company in Busay detachment. The troops of the 4th Maneuver Platoon who is responding to the police troops in Gahit was bombed again by a land mine also upon reaching the National Road of Barangay Busay, Cataingan,
In an interview with Police Chief Inspector Albert Abayon, acting chief of Police of Cataingan Municipal Police Station by Bing Alerta in his “Bandillo sa Radyo Uno” this morning, he confirmed during the interview that the two encounters transpired in Barangay Gahit and Busay and the rebels has detonated three landmines during the encounter.
No one was hurt during the incident, however, a trail of blood was visible in the grassy trail in Barangay Gahit where the rebels escaped, PCI Abayon said during the radio interview.
The explosion is believed to be carried out by the local guerrilla unit operating in the 3rd District of Masbate and is the latest offensive launch following the burning of abandoned camp of the Charlie Coy, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army in Sitio Padaguiton, Barangay Calipat-an, San Jacinto, Masbate on Monday night.
The encounter in Cataingan is the first salvo of rebel offensive against the Bicol PNP after Police Chief Superintendent Antonio N. Gardiola assumed his post as the new PRO-5 regional director.