Army: Arrest of top-ranking rebels ‘huge blow’ to NPA

first_imgMilitary and police troops seize firearms explosives, cash, and other items from four officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army who were arrested in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on July 10. Major Gen Eric Vinoya, commander of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, called the arrest a huge blow to the communist-terrorist group. 15TH INFANTRY BATTALION, PHILIPPINE ARMY VIA PNA Major Cenon Pancito III, chief of 3ID’s Public Affairs Office, said he was not surprised by Magbanua’s denial since the communist-terrorists are masters at making excuses. BACOLOD City – A top official of the Philippine Army (PA) considered the arrest of four suspected rebels in this province as a “huge blow” to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). According to the PA, Cañares is the current secretary of the Second National Urban Center Party Committee while Buga-ay, a former squad leader and finance logistics officer of the Regional Strike Forces of the Kilusang Rehiyon-Negros (KR-N), is now with the KR-N Regional Communication along with Morino and Patajo.In a statement, NPA Apolinario Gatmaitan Command spokesman Juanito Magbanua denied the four are CPP-NPA officials. “If indeed, they believe that these people are not their allies, then they should condemn them for violating the laws and for terrorizing the people,” he added. Major General Eric Vinoya, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) and the Armed Forces’ Joint Task Force Spear in Western and Central Visayas, said Tuesday the successful law enforcement operation was an essential part of the government campaign to end the violence and terrorism perpetrated by the NPA.Arrested by joint military and police troops in Barangay Magballo, Kabankalan City on July 10 were Emmylou Cañares, 38, a resident of South Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu; George Buga-ay, 42, of Barangay Punta Taytay here; Relyn Morino, 22, a resident of Barangay Orong, Kabankalan City; and Raffy Patajo, 21, of Sitio Montelo, Barangay Pinggot, Ilog.The four suspected rebels yielded a .45-caliber pistol, .38-caliber revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition, four hand grenades, several mobile phones, USB flash drives, and cash amounting to P119,354, among others. Pancito said now that the CPP-NPA is “crippled by the series of combined operations against their group, they know what this government can do to paralyze their movement.”Cañares and Morino are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and RA 9516, or the Illegal Possession of Explosives while Buga-ay for RA 10591 and Patajo for RA 9516. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Trojans slip past Orange

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Perhaps a weather delay was just what No. 2 USC needed in order to get its stagnant offense going.In front of an announced crowd of 39,507, Syracuse held USC (2-0) to 71 yards in the first quarter, with Barkley throwing for just 27 passing yards. The Trojans also attempted three fourth-down conversions in the first, converting only one on a sweep by sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee.No. 2 and No. 9 · For the second straight week, a USC wide receiver registered over 200 all-purpose yards. Junior Robert Woods ran wild against Syracuse, amassing 93 receiving yards and a 76-yard run. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“A lot of praise for [Syracuse],” Kiffin said. “This is a good team that we were coming to play today … Give those guys a lot of credit for playing really hard.”But after Saturday’s 69-minute weather delay, the Trojans exploded for 28 points in the second half. Behind six touchdown passes, which tied his career high, senior quarterback Matt Barkley led the Trojans to a 42-29 win over Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.Though Lee shined brightest in the season opener against Hawai’i, junior wide receiver Robert Woods upstaged him against Syracuse, hauling in 10 receptions for 93 yards and adding a 76-yard run.Kiffin also made reference to the fact that playing in an NFL stadium on the other side of the country made things difficult.After a slow first quarter, USC’s luck turned in the second quarter when the senior signal caller hit sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee for a 13-yard touchdown. Barkley also found junior wide receiver Robert Woods down the sideline with a little more than a minute to go in the half. Barkley finished with 187 yards passing on 23 completions.“[Barkley] played really well,” Kiffin said. “Once again, weird environment today, weather issues, wind issues, and I thought he took care of the ball really well.”The Orange put their first points on the board as time expired in the half, and USC was leading 14-3 — but then the clouds came.Fans were forced to stand inside the stadium while the players and coaches left the field for more than an hour as intense rain and storms passed overhead. During the delay, Barkley said the team was calm and relaxed.“I put my feet up, put my headphones on,” Barkley said. “I took my pads off. I knew it was going to be longer than five or 10 minutes.”After the delay, Barkley found Woods for a four-yard touchdown with 11:38 left in the third. With quarterback Ryan Nassib at the helm, Syracuse pulled to within five points after Barkley threw his first interception of the season.Entering the fourth with the game close at 21-16, Barkley threw a touchdown to sophomore tight end Xavier Grimble, who bounced off four would-be tacklers to get into the end zone.Through two games, the Heisman hopeful has thrown 10 touchdowns to only one interception. Barkley’s six scoring tosses Saturday matched USC’s single-game record and put him at a career total of 90 touchdowns — just nine shy of Matt Leinart’s school record.Despite Barkley’s touchdowns, it was a Robert Woods run in the fourth quarter that got everyone in the stands on their feet.Woods took a reverse up the left sideline and cut all the way across to the right before being tackled by a Syracuse player after a 76-yard gain.“Coach Kiffin called a reverse, [we had] been practicing it the whole week,” Woods said. “[I] hit the edge — great block from Marqise [Lee] — two cuts, and I just tried to race down the sideline.”He finished with 76 rushing yards, 93 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. Lee had 66 yards receiving and three touchdowns.Barkley capped off his night with a scoring toss to Lee with 5:45 left in the game to put the game at 42-22. The Orange would score late to make the final tally 42-29.The defense held up its end of the bargain Saturday night, forcing Nassib, the nation’s leading passer, to throw two interceptions, both of which were caught by sophomore linebacker Dion Bailey. Bailey took charge of the defense when the game got close and finished the game with eight tackles.“I am one of the leaders of our defense,” Bailey said. “We huddled up and got the message across that we had to come up with a stop and put the ball back into our offense’s hands. We have one of the most explosive offenses in the country, and they exploded in the second half like we thought.”The Trojans head back to the West Coast for next week’s game against Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. on Sept. 15. The contest will be USC’s Pac-12 opener.last_img read more

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