Friday, 11 May 2012

Late-breaking news by PERCY A OSTONAL

Soldiers-rebels encounter. A provincial newspaper based in Daet, Camarines Norte reported that on April 28, 2012, four soldiers from a 10-man "peace and development team", 49th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army were confirmed  killed in an hour- long gun battle with suspected band of the New  People's Army at Baranggay Maot, Labo, Camarines Norte. Aside from the fatalities, one civilian and another soldier were wounded. Military spokesman Major Harold Cabunoc said as part of community strategic public relations building and association to local residents, the soldiers were sent to organize and conduct friendly basketball clinics in the area. The surprise attack came so suddenly from all directions and the soldiers were overwhelmed by superior fire-power. By the time back-up support from 902nd Brigade of the Philippine Army arrived, the assailants had left. The identities of slain soldiers and those wounded were withheld by the Army's higher command.

Near-disastrous Calalanay Island picnic. There was nothing wrong with the weather and it was a beautiful day for some JPNHS alumni belonging to batch '82 to have their second day of reunion together on April 29, 2012 at Calalanay Island. Reliable source said that on the way back to town in a motorized banca, the group encountered rough waters off Baranggay Dayhagan and Salvacion. Apparently, gusty winds triggered the big waves, thus overturning the boat immediately. With the timely presence of fishermen within the area, rescue came so swiftly and everyone was saved from drowning. It was learned that coastal villagers also extended immediate assistance. Anticipating untoward incidents like these from happening and assuring the safety of everyone, Mayor Ricarte Padilla had a prior meeting with the grand reunion organizing body, police department and all coordinating departments to make sure every issues and concerns were discussed and course of actions lined up just in case.

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