Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur- The Operating Troops from 401st Brigade recently recovered One (1) AK-47 with one (1) Magazine loaded with ammunition, One (1) Anti-Personnel Landmine and assorted war materials from Armed Encounter against more or less sixty (60) Communist NPA at Sitio Anahawan, BrgyMabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on January 16, 2016.
The encounter took place at 9:00 O’clock in the morning when the patrolling elements of 401st Brigade opened fire by the Communist NPAs who were encamped on a forested area near Sitio Anahawan of Brgy Mabuhay, ADS and firefight ensued. After about forty (40) minutes of fierce battle our forces were able to overrun the enemy camp, leaving behind an AK-47 rifle, IED Landmine including One (1) Rifle Grenade, Five (5) Blasting Caps, One (1) Icom Radio, Two Electrical detonating Switch, One Cellphone, 200 meters electrical detonating wire, Five (5) backpacks, Volumes of subversive documents, and personal belongings.
The engaged troops were able to witness approximately five (5) killed or wounded enemy casualties who were forcedly dragged by their comrades during their withdrawal while there was no casualty on the Government side.
“I commend our troops on their bravery and patriotism. This current effort has progressively pre-empted, dislocated and disrupted the Communist NPA activities thereby denying them freedom of action and degrading their capacity to cause mayhem in vulnerable communities”. Col Macario said.
These Communist NPAs are clearly violating the CARHRIHL, by continuously using the Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) anyway they are no different with Bandits who are lawless in nature, however, we can still give them a chance to work with us while promoting peace in CARAGA Region. Col Macario added.