Army uncovers NPA 'targets' in Sorsogon


Posted at Nov 08 2012 04:47 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2012 12:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines – An elaborate plan by the New People's Army (NPA) to attack Army camps and a police station in Sorsogon has been uncovered by the military, an Army commander said Thursday.

Col. Felix Castro, commander of the Army's 903rd Brigade, said several documents were seized by government soldiers after an encounter with the rebels in Casiguran, Sorsogon.

Castro said among the documents recovered was a sketch of the NPA’s plan to attack two detachments in Rizal and Casay villages, Casiguran and a police station.

The commander said they earlier received a tip that the NPA is planning an attack in the area, but the locations were not specified.

"With the sketch, we confirmed that they are indeed planning attacks, but of course we cannot say that these are the only targets of the NPA. There might be other targets," said Castro.

Castro noted that with the discovery, the Army should beef up its security.

"We uncovered their targets. With that, I presume they are going to find other targets because we are going to improve these detachments and put in place additional security," he said.

Castro also said one of the rebels was reportedly killed in the encounter and at least two others were injured.

No injuries or fatalities were reported from government side.

But Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army's 9th Infantry Division, said two civilians, identified as 23-year-old Richard Bigaso and 35-year-old Raffy Jitomo, were injured in the incident.