Three suspected New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents were arrested Friday afternoon following a firefight with the police that lasted nearly an hour in northern Palawan.
One of the three was reportedly wounded, but Palawan Police Provincial Office (PPO) Director Gabriel Lopez did not confirm the information in an early Saturday morning call.
“Yes, three were arrested and they will be submitted for inquest here in Puerto Princesa,” Lopez said.
He added that clearing operations were still being undertaken in the Alacalian area by a squad of policemen belonging to the Public Safety Company (PSC) of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB), and augmented troops from the Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (MBLT-12).
“Clearing operations are still being conducted in the area as we speak,” Lopez said. Seized from the NPA militants who were arrested were a firearm with magazine; several backpacks, one of which has an improvised explosive device (IED); assorted communist-terrorist uniforms; a laptop; three cellular phones; and a generator set.
The encounter with the NPA rebels in Alacalian happened Friday morning at around 10:30 a.m. No one was hurt among the members of the PSC.