From the Manila Bulletin (May 15): NPA attack foiled by troops in Agusan
Combat maneuvering troops of the Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion (23rd IB) on Monday foiled a Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) attack on the 23rd IB Sinacungan Patrol Base in Barangay Sinacungan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.
The harassment by the CNTs of the Sinacungan Patrol Base delayed for 30 minutes the opening of voting in the poll precinct there as government troops cleared the area.
However, the voting for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election (BSKE) there pushed through after the clearing operation by government troops, police and military report said.
The failed attack in 23rd IB SInacungan Patrol Base took place at 3:40 a.m.
Separate police and military reports said defenders of 23rd IB Sinacungan Patrol Base fought back their attackers for 10 minutes until they (CNTs) withdrew to the nearby forested area.
As of press time, combat maneuvering troops of the 23rd IB were still conducting hot pursuit operation after the fleeing CNTs who were believed members of Guerilla Front Committee 4-B of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee.
Elements of Esperanza Municipal Police Station and Agusan del Sur police provincial mobile force are conducting blocking position on the possible escape route of the fleeing CNTs.
No one was hurt during the attack on the government side.