Families displaced by the recent twin encounters between Army soldiers and suspected New People’s Army rebels in Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, have been allowed to return to their homes, Brig. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said Nov. 5.
More than 800 individuals in remote sitios of Brgy. Quintin Remo and neighboring areas in the boundary of Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental fled their homes Nov. 3 following the armed encounters that left two government troopers dead and injured four others.
The affected residents were immediately given food assistance by Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo and the provincial government, while they temporarily took shelter in the barangay poblacion.
Other displaced families are now staying at the Nacuruhan and Binata-an Elementary Schools, Oway-oway Church, and Santos-Santos Center in the barangay.
Pasaporte said government troopers successfully thwarted the plan of the rebels to attack soldiers securing the ongoing Hilaitan-Trinidad farm to market road in Guihulngan City, which is now 90 percent complete, although this costs the lives of two soldiers, he added. — GB