From the Philippine Information Agency (Feb 17, 2019): NPA terrorists harass Army CSP troops in Bukidnon
CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City -- The terrorist New People’s Army (NPA), fearing for their lost support from the masses, harassed the troops of 1st Special Forces Battalion conducting Community Support Program (CSP) activities in Sitio Green Valley, Brgy Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, February 14, 2019 at around 9:40 p.m.
The exchange of fires lasted for about 15 minutes while another five minutes encounter ensued with the government troops conducting pursuit operation not far away from Sitio Green Valley which forced the NPA terrorists to withdraw.
The clash resulted to the death of two soldiers and one wounded while four NPAs died as reported by civilians who saw the fleeing terrorists.
Follow-on army troops were able to recover two M16 rifles; two unexploded anti-personnel mines; 200 meter wires, ammunition, magazines for M16 rifle and personal belongings of NPA.
It was learned that the troops are conducting Community Support Activities and were requested by the villagers to set-up Patrol Base in the said community to assist and secure them due to the presence of the NPA terrorists that bothered their community and forced them to give money and goods from the poultry farm.
Meanwhile, Colonel Edgardo Y De Leon, 403rd Brigade commander commended the civilians for reporting the location of anti-personnel mines.
“Indeed, our troops’ timely recovery of the terrorists' anti-personnel mines saved the lives of the public.
"The continuing use of anti-personnel landmines just proved their act of terrorism which rightfully supports the declaration of EU and US for the declaration of CPP-NPA as among the list of terrorist groups," De Leon said.
Brigadier General Franco Nemesio M Gacal, 4th Infantry Division commander, meanwhile, said, “We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of those killed soldiers. They made their ultimate sacrifice due to their dedication to protect the villagers in pursuit of peace and development.”
Gacal said the pursuit operations is on progress.
"We will not hesitate to use our force against NPA terrorists that disrupt the normalcy of peace and order," Gen Gacal declared. (4ID)