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Help for crossfire victims pour in

FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City (Feb 28, 2012) – The family of the crossfire victims has received various assistance from both the military and the local chief executive of Camarines Norte, an Army official said.

Major Harold M Cabunoc, the Army Spokesperson, revealed that Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo “Egay” Tallado has provided burial assistance for the two crossfire victims who died in an encounter between the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and Army soldiers in Malaya village, Labo town two days ago.

In his statement, Tallado said that he has also shouldered the hospitalization of the wounded victim who is now recuperating for a gunshot wound on her wrist.

“I have offered scholarship to the wounded victim. This will be taken out from my personal finances as part of my commitment to help the distraught family members who have become unwitting victims to this insurgency problem in my province,” said Tallado.

Meanwhile, Tallado has also directed the provincial police to expedite the conduct of thorough investigation that will shed light on the circumstances behind this incident.

The military has also formed a Board of Inquiry (BOI) that will look into the details regarding this encounter.

The BOI will be led by the Inspector General of the 9th Infantry Division.