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Evacuees in Guihulngan City allowed to go home

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The Army has “encouraged” at least 50 residents from an upland village in the Oriental Negros city of Guihulngan days after a series of gunbattles Saturday that led to the displacement of civilians.

Army Capt. Raymond Jamisal told DNX these residents from the sub-village of Batong Buang in the hinterland village of Trinidad stayed temporarily in the barangay hall where local government officials took care of them.

Most of them were mothers and children, Jamisal, the civil military officer of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, said as he added that the most of the wives told him their husbands were working in the cities of Cebu, Dumaguete and other places.

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The Saturday encounters, which took place between troopers of the 62nd IB and an estimated 20 guerrillas of the New People’s Army, started around 1pm followed by three other skirmishes.

Jamisal said the residents are “safe to go back to their homes” after soldiers conducted pursuit operations against the fleeing rebels.

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Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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