Troops of the 88th Infantry Battalion (88IB) recovered war materiel after a recent firefight with members of the New Peoples’ Army on Nov. 22 at 6:40 a.m. in the hinterlands of Barangay Santa Felomina, Quezon, Bukidnon.
Capt. Norven Jay Garcia, the civil-military operations officer of the 88th IB, said the soldiers were responding to reports from residents regarding the presence of armed groups in their barangay.
"The residents’ accounts detailed detrimental and unlawful acts of the NPAs in their area," Garcia said.
He said the group belongs to the Guerrilla front 6 of the NPAs. There are no casualties on the government side following the 45-minute firefight.
Recovered during the encounter were an anti-personnel mine, a 50-meter detonating cord, an improvised grenade launcher, two rifle grenades, two solar panels, two Cignus batteries, some medical paraphernalia, bag packs, and a sack of rice.
Lt. Col. Dante Bermillo, commanding officer of the 88th IB, said the NPAs are trying to reclaim their lost mass bases when their supporters turned their backs on the rebels. He then encouraged the other guerrillas to lay down their arms.
“Christmas is approaching and I encourage them to be with their family. Their families are waiting for them and this season is the best time to be with them,” he added.