The Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61 IB) nabbed a suspected communist rebel following a gun battle in Maasin, Iloilo recently.
Lt. Col. Leonardo Peña, 61st IB commander, said that suspected rebel, Rey Mirante was nabbed when he was shot and wounded Wednesday afternoon in Sitio Lambasan, Trangka Village.
Peña said 61st IB soldiers were responding to reports of the presence of suspected lawless elements when at least 18 men fired upon them.
“Our troops engaged them for 30 minutes of sporadic firefight. After which, they withdrew in disarray,” Lt. Col. Peña added.
Meanwhile, the hierarchy of 3rd Infantry Division (3rdID) lauded the professionalism of the troops for strictly following the rules of engagement and the rule of law.
Brig. Gen. Harold Cabreros, 3rdID commander, said that the suspected communist rebel was even brought to hospital for medical attention.