From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 19): Troops, lawless elements clash in Zamboanga Sibugay
Troopers from the 1st Infantry Division's 44th Infantry Battalion and the
local police have surprised a group of 15 lawless elements resulting in a
30-minute firefight in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay Thursday afternoon.
Lt. Col. Yegor Rey Barroquillo Jr., 44th Infantry Battalion commander, said
the encounter transpired around 4:45 p.m. in Sitio KM2, Barangay Crossing Sta.
Clara in Naga town.
He said his men were conducting routine security missions in the area when
they encountered the group allegedly led by one Baser Sakilan.
A firefight erupted ending 30 minutes later with the brigands leaving behind
a M-203 grenade launcher, one M-2 caliber .30 carbine rifle, assorted
ammunition for M-16 automatic rifle, M-14 rifle and Garand rifle and one rifle
There was no casualty on the military and police personnel while
undetermined on the side of the lawless elements.
Barroquillo said the lawless group is believed to about to conduct
kidnapping activity in the area when surprised by his men.
Pursuit operations are ongoing.