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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Troops capture mercenary camp in Zambales

IBA, Zambales -- Government troops fought last Thursday with alleged mercenaries and captured their camp” in Sitio Matalisbong, Guisguis, Sta. Cruz, Zambales owned allegedly by a local mining company.

Police Provincial Director, Senior Supt. Rolando Felix, said that his men also arrested at least ten armed men who were reportedly fully equipped with various high caliber weapons, ammunitions, communication facilities. and other war gadgets during the three-day encounter. which started

There were no reported casualties but Felix said his troops are still tracking down several others who allegedly escaped during the firefight.

Arrested were Ronald P. de Vera, 46, of Bulacan; Diosdado S. Ulep, 44, a former Army staff sargeant and Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija; Daniel Peralta, 53, of Barrio Pattao, Buguey, Cagayan; John Ric Marave, 21, of Infanta, Pangasinan; and Fernando Valdez, 53, of Mabanglit, Cabangan; Ernie D. Bulatao, 40, of Porac, Botolan. Johnny Vidal, 51, an ex-CAFGU of Sta. Cruz; Alfredo Dalaodao, 58, former soldier, of Mabanglit, Cabangan; Julito Domacena, 53, of Porac, Botolan; Josefino C. Balintay, 37, of Loob-Bunga Resettlement Area, Botolan, all in Zambales.

All suspects are reportedly working as security guards under First Line Security and Protection Agency, which is based in Metro-Manila.

Recovered from their possessions were four AK-47 assault rifles; one browning automatic rifle; one M-14 Armalite rifle; five Armscor shotguns; volumes of magazines of different caliber and live ammunition; two Motorola I-Com radios; battery chargers and batteries; flashlights; cell phones and war vests.

Before the raid, Governor Amor D. Deloso sought the assistance of Felix to help serve a court decision ordering a local mining firm A3UNA to leave the mining area in barangay Guisguis, Sta. Cr in favor of one Pablo Pabilona. whose claim to the area was rendered “the rightful owner” by the court. By: Ruben A. Veloria - Journal online

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