Pangasinan police beefs up border security

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN – The provincial police reinforced its border security in some areas in Eastern Pangasinan after clashes between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Carangla, Nueva Ecija.
About nine NPA rebels were reportedly killed while one soldier was injured in the firefight that started in the morning of September 20.
Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee, police provincial director, said that the gunbattle is between the soldiers of Philippine Army and NPA rebels in Caranglan, Nueva Ecija.
Lee said that government troops manning the border areas in Pangasinan were from the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, Provincial Public Safety Company and from the Regional Public Safety Battalion likewise from the 48th Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army.
According to Lee, the government troops are ready in intercepting the NPA rebels who might step into the Pangasinan border after fleeing from Caranglan, Nueva Ecija.
In fact, police and military forces in the area was strengthened around the towns of San Nicolas, Natividad, San Quintin and Umingan, Pangasinan wherein they are in full alert since July 28 of this year.
Last July 28, an encounter between the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RSPB 1) and NPA rebels in the boundary of Barangays Sta. Maria and Malico in San Nicolas wherein one trooper was killed and another wounded.
Another encounter ensued on August 25 in the same area which resulted in the death of three NPA rebels.
Lee admitted that the NPA rebels encountered by government troops in San Nicolas on July 28 and August 25 in San Nicolas, Pangasinan came from Nueva Ecija where they were reportedly actively operating. PMCJr. / ABN

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