Tuesday, February 27, 2007

More Cafgus seen to defect to rebel group, says military

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Ben Balce / Feb 27) – The military yesterday said it was looking into the possibility that three more militiamen would defect to the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Misamis Oriental.

This came about after a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) reportedly defected to the rebel group in Salay, Misamis Oriental.

The Militiamen Boy Gonzales, was reportedly convinced by relatives to sever his ties with the army an army battalion.

The 8th Infantry Battalion yesterday confirmed that Gonzales has gone Awol.

Three other Cafgu members are reportedly planning to follow and 8th IB is keeping an eye on them, said battalion commander Col. Erick Binuya.

“We are not concerned because he brought with him government-owned firearms,” said Binuya. Gonzales reportedly took with him two M14 rifles.

“The firearms are the accountability of Gonzales and we’re exerting efforts to locate him,” said Binuya.

Binuya has denied allegations that Gonzales’s family was being threatened by soldiers.

Binuya said the 23rd Infantry Battalion in Agusan del Sur which had administrative charges against the militiaman. More charges are being prepared, he said.

A manhunt is also ongoing against Gonzales.

Maj. Samuel Sagun, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division, said Gonzales was pressured by his relatives in Salay to join the rebel group.


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