200 residents flee homes due to NPA-military clash

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 05 2015 03:01 PM | Updated as of Jun 05 2015 11:01 PM

CAGAYAN DE ORO - More than 200 residents of Lagonglong town in Misamis Oriental left their homes and evacuated to the provincial capitol in Cagayan de Oro City early Friday morning.

According to the evacuees, who were reisdents of Sitio Camansi, Barangay Banglay in Lagonglong, they received threats from members of the 58th Infantry Battalion.

The soldiers also allegedly forced them to admit they are members of the New People's Army (NPA).

Fourth Infantry Division Spokesperson Capt. Patrick Martinez said they will conduct an investigation on these claims.

Martinez also asked the evacuees to cooperate with the military.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were deployed to the area to provide additional security for a goverment project in Lagonglong.

Military operation is also ongoing due to the presence of NPA rebels. -- report from Angelo Angrade, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao