Army major seized by NPAs, 5 intelligence pals escape PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 December 2011 17:43

An Army major — leader of a six-man intelligence team—  went missing and was believed to have been taken hostage, while his five companions were released after the
Strada pickup truck they were riding was stopped by communist rebels in the middle of a road travel in Diplahan, Zamboanga del Sur yesterday morning.

The rebels disarmed the team and burned the pickup truck.

Maj. Ramon Torres, an intelligence officer of the Army’s 102nd Brigade, tried to escape from the communist rebels who chased him in Bayog’s hinterland..

Reports  disclosed that Torres together with 2Lt. Pulay of the 53rd Infantry Battalion, Sgt. Salvacion of the 102nd Brigade, Cpl. Gonzaga, a certain Vernaldez a member of the Civilian Auxiliary and MSgt. Vernal, the driver of the pickup truck, were on their way to Barangay Dipore, Bayog town when some 70 heavily armed New People Army guerrillas blocked their way at gunpoint in Diplahan town.

Torres and his companions were first interrogated by the rebels. They were subsequently disarmed. Seized by the guerrillas were three M-16 and one M-14 rifles, five .45 cal. pistols and one 9mm pistol.

Torres and his companions reportedly managed to get away from the rebels custody and ran away. Five of them made it to a safer place, but Torres was chased and believed to have been collared.

The incident was reported to the police and military and hot pursuit operations were mounted by the 102nd Brigade with 53rd IB and the 15th DRC led by Capt. De Mesa.

It was learned that the communist rebels disguised themselves in military uniform and media outfits. — DanToribio Jr.with report from Richard Falcatan