CAMP GENERAL VICENTE LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY – Major General Raul M. Farnacio, Commander 8ID condemned the pre-dawn attack conducted by the Communist Terrorist New People’s Army as a terrorist act against the people of Lapinig, Northern Samar.
In his statement, Maj. Gen. Farnacio said that, “It only shows how desperate they are in their armed struggle, I urged the community to report to the authorities the presence of any armed group in your area. Security is a shared responsibility of everyone; it is not just for us, the security forces and government institutions but also in collaboration with civil society and the communities.”
The Municipal Police Station (MPS) of Lapinig, Northern Samar manned by six PNP personnel under Police Chief Inspector Noly Montibon, Chief of Police was raided by undetermined number CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) onboard two dump trucks and one jeep at around 2:00 A.M. on August 10, 2018.
The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes that resulted in the wounding of PO1 Edison Aguerre and PO2 Jerry Quilicol. The CNTs carted away the following items: 10 assorted high powered firearms, three handguns, undetermined numbers of ammunition / magazine, undetermined numbers of MPS desktop/laptops, and the MPS hotline cellular phone.
It can be recalled that on July 13, 2018, Marieta “Tayang” Bartolo, Front Secretary of Metro 1, SRC Emporium an NPA unit operating in the municipalities of Pambujan, San Roque, Silvino Lobos, Las Navas, Mondragon, and Catarman all of Northern Samar and Ruth Martirez Figueroa, Bayan Muna President-Northern Samar, an incumbent Barangay Chairwoman of UEP, Zone 3, Catarman, N.Samar and three others were apprehended at a checkpoint. The Lapinig raid coincided with the scheduled arraignment of “Tayang” who has two warrants of arrest issued by the Gamay Regional Trial Court. 8DPAO / MCAG