Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela – Around 2:10 PM, February 18, 2017, residents of Brgy Cabua-An and Brgy Sto Nino, both of Madella, Quirino were terrorized by the presence of armed men believed to be members of the NPA. They forced the people to leave their respective homes and be moved temporarily to the barangay proper where they can be safe.
It can recalled that last Monday, February 13, 2017, fifty-four (54) families from Brgy San Martin, Madella, Quirino were also forced to evacuate their homes due to more or less one hundred fully armed NPA who occupied a school in the area, causing trauma, fear and panic to the residents, particularly the children.
Meanwhile, the troops of 86IB assigned in the area had already addressed the problem and are currently conducting security patrols to secure the area occupied by the NPA so that the residents who fled can now return to their homes and live normal lives.
“The 5ID troops will continue to provide security to the people of Madella who are being harassed and intimidated by this armed group, As for the NPA, I encourage you to lay down your firearms and live peaceful lives,” said MGen Atal, Commander, 5ID, PA.