From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 8): Army foils attempt to destroy DOLE plantation, one killed
CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City -- Government troopers
killed a suspect in a 20-minute fierce firefight with about 30 armed groups
near the army’s 36th Infantry Battalion in Tago, Surigao del Sur Sunday
Lt. Col. Eugenio Julio Osias, IV, spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry
Division here, said on Monday that an unidentified member of the armed groups,
believed to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, was killed in the firefight.
Initial investigation disclosed that the members of the army’s 36th IB were
conducting security patrol past 1:00 a.m. Sunday near its headquarters at
Barangay Dayo-an in Tago, Surigao del Sur, when they encountered the armed
Osias said that the suspected NPA rebels, also armed with “jungle bolos,”
were on their way to cut and sabotage the banana plantation of DOLE company in
the area when they encountered the government troopers.
“The rebels were surprised of the presence of the government troopers who
were conducting a security patrol of the area at that time,” Osias said.
He said the armed groups withdrew after a 20-minute firefight leaving their
an unidentified comrade who was killed in the ensuing gun battle.
Osias said the army turned over the rebel’s body to members of the police
Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) who arrived on the scene to collect
evidences of the armed encounter.
Recovered from the scene was one AK 47 rifle beside the body of the
suspected NPA rebel. No soldier was killed or hurt in the incident, Osias
The military has adopted security plans to secure companies with stakes in
Mindanao after the NPA rebels made a daring attack on the Del Monte
Philippines, Inc. main camp in Manolo Fortich and the DOLE plantation in
Impasug-ong, all of Bukidnon in February this year.