Rebel returnee survives NPA attack

A REBEL returnee striving to live a normal and peaceful life survived a New People’s Army-Special Partisan Unit (NPA-Sparu) attack early this morning in Barangay Himagtocon, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur, according to a military spokesman.

Reports reaching the office of Philippine Army chief, Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz disclosed that Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit-Active Auxiliary (Cafgu-AA) Melvin Moraleda, 21, a rebel returnee, was on his way home from a village dance when he was attacked by two NPA gunmen armed with .45 caliber pistols at around 3 o’clock in the morning.

The gunmen escaped through a waiting motorcycle.

He sustained gunshot wounds in the chest and arm during the attack. After which, he was rushed by his brother to San Jose Hospital in Lagonoy for first aid and subsequently transferred to Bicol Medical Center in Naga City for proper medical attention.

“He is fully awake and conscious, but still under observation since a bullet is embedded in his left upper rib. A need for operation is still to be determined,” said Weng de Castro, head nurse of Bicol Medical Center through a text message.

It was learned that CAA Moraleda identified one of the gunmen as alias ‘Rocky’ of Presentacion Town in Caramoan Peninsula.

They were former affiliates in the insurgent movement until Moraleda voluntarily surrendered to the government last September 24, 2010.

Maj. Gen. Josue S Gaverza Jr, commander of 9th Infantry Division, directed 22IB to facilitate all necessary medical assistance for the full recovery of the victim.

He also condemned NPA attacks on unarmed and off duty Cafgu-AA.

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