From Update.Ph (Apr 2): Government forces recover body of dead rebel, 12 high-powered firearms
Elements of the 25th Infantry Battalion (25IB) of Philippine Army together with Compostela Valley Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) encountered a group of New People’s Army in Sitio Inupuan, Barangay Mainit, Nabunturan early morning of April 2, 2016, the 10th Infantry Division (10ID) said in a press release.
Government forces were responding on reported presence of armed group in the area.
The encounter, twenty-minute firefight, resulted to the recovery of eight M16 rifles, four AK47 rifles, seven improvised grenades, one ICOM radio, medical paraphernalia and subversive documents. The government forces also recovered one dead NPA rebel.
An estimated 20 heavily armed rebels from Guerilla Front (GF) 27 under alias Lipi was holding a temporary camp in the said area.
Troops from AFP and PNP are still on pursuit of the remnants of the armed group, 10ID said.
“The desire of the people in the community to get rid of the NPAs who extort and make their lives miserable, resulted to this decisive encounter,” 25IB commander Lieutenant Colonel Ismael Mandanas Jr. said. “This incident manifests what our collective effort can achieve in winning the peace in this part of our country.”
“This is a big blow to the communist movement whose numbers are steadily diminishing due to the relentless AFP-initiated operations,” 1001st Infantry (Pag-asa) Brigade commander Colonel Macairog Alberto said.