From the Philippine Information Agency (Dec 2): Army’s 48IB clashes with NPA remnants in Bulacan
CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City -- The 48th Infantry Battalion (48IB) of the Philippine Army on Saturday clashed with remnants of Platoon Sierra Madre of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Sitio Maputi, Barangay Camachin, Dona Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan.
“Led by 2LT. Edwin Lauro, 48IB had a 30-minute exchange of fire with around 25 NPA remnants. There were neither casualties nor injuries on the government side while a number of the insurgents were badly wounded. Pursuit operations is still on-going,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) Chief Information Officer Captain Gina Daet disclosed.
The troops were able to recover one M14 rifle, one laptop, one portable DVD, one cellular phone, one transistor radio, one sack of rice, one sack of canned sardines, two back packs, and a volume of subversive documents.
“We will not allow these armed groups to continue their illegal activities in collecting foods from less fortunate… we will assure to the residents that our forces will provide enough security,” NOLCOM Commander Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said.