MANILA, Philippines – Army troops have launched massive pursuit operations against members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who kidnapped three persons from a mining firm in Agusan del Sur last week.
Maj. Eugenio Julio Osias IV, spokesman of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said the main objective of the ongoing massive Army operations are members of the NPA’s Section Command 14 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) led by Renato Sarayat alias Commander Friday.
“At present, we are mounting massive pursuit operations against the group of Sarayat. I cannot just divulge the exact place so as not to endanger the lives of our ground troops,” Osias said.
At least 30 rebels led by Sarayat raided the VPO gold mining firm in Barangay Baguyan, Rosario town owned by the Ocite family early morning Thursday.