DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Apr 19): ENCOUNTER | 39IB foiled NPA atrocity plan
MAGSAYSAY, Davao Del Sur (DWDD) – Two NPA Terrorist were killed after troops of the 39th Infantry “Smash Em” Battalion foiled a possible atrocity when they encountered members of the CPP-NPA terrorists in Sitio Caceras, Barangay Upper Bala, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur on April 18, 2018
According to Major Ezra Balagtey, spokesperson, AFP Eastern Mindanao Command, the 39IB was responding to information received from local populace regarding armed Communist terrorist having a meeting with members of Milisyang Bayan at the forested outskirts of Brgy Upper Bala, Magsaysay, Davao Del Sur.
An hour long firefight ensued after the responding troops were fired upon which resulted to the death of two NPA terrorist fighters and recovery of two M16 rifles.
The rebels scampered to different directions bringing with them their wounded companion while no soldier was injured during the skirmish.
Lieutenant Colonel Rhojun Rosales, Commanding Officer of 39IB, thanked the concerned residents and Barangay officials for the timely and accurate report regarding the presence of CPP-NPA terrorists in their locality.
Meanwhile, Major General Noel S Clement Commander, 10ID reiterated the strong resolve of the military to protect the communities.
“Our forces will continue on hunting down those remaining CPP-NPA terrorists but will spare those who want to surrender,” he said.
“10ID remains steadfast in protecting the people and securing communities. The death of the 2 NPAs clearly manifest the ills of communist-terrorist ideology. Let us work hand in hand to end terrorism brought by CPP-NPA. Insurgency is everybody’s responsibility. Your Army will always be your partner in sustaining peace and development and establishing conflict-resilient communities,” MGen Clement added. 39IB / 10ID / MCAG