Friday, September 29, 2017


DARAGA, ALBAY (Sept. 29) –  A 30-minute exchange of fire ensued about 8:00 PM Thursday, September 28, when armed groups believed to be NPA pounded with bullets the PNP Public Safety Battalion Company Detachment in Barangay Bascaran, here.

This was confirmed by a PNP personnel assigned in the area who requested anonymity. He said that the PNP troops managed to manuever and successfully maintained an advantage position and returned fire to the attackers and drive them away. No casualty on the part of the gov’t. troops were reported while investigation and hot pursuit operations is on going.

Meanwhile, 11 heavy equipments of El Cuerpo Construction Corp. at the Bicol International Airport Site at Barangay Alobo were burned  by still unidentified perpetrators simultaneous with the harassment of the PPSBC Detachment. The burned heavy equipments consists of  one (1) transit mixer, five (5) dumptrucks, one (1) grader and  two (2) other vehicles. As of this writing the management of the construction firm has not issued statement yet regarding the incident.

In his facebook post, 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda lamented that the incident is another setback ater 12 years effort. He appealed to the AFP and PNP to fully secure the ongoing final stage of construction of  the Bicol Int’l. Airport  terminal building.  He is hopeful that the President’s commitment of completion in three (3) years will be met by early 2020. Salceda said that this flagship project is key to the development aspirations of the Albayanos since tourism is the biggest potential. (Mar de la Cruz with Al Armario)

Photo credits: PCI Arthur Gomez