Lt. Col. Egberto Dacoscos, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, said yesterday that the encounter lasted for 10 minutes, and the communist rebels left behind assorted war materials, including 23 pieces of ammunition and a magazine of an AK 47 assault rifle, 10 meters of trip wire of an improvised explosive device, assorted medical kits, back packs containing personal belongings, among others.
No casualty was reported on the government side, while Dacoscos said he believes that the fleeing rebels also suffered casualties as indicated by bloodstains discovered along their withdrawal route.
Dacoscos said that the encounter in Himamaylan City was the second armed engagement between soldiers and NPA rebels, in connection with the harassment of the family of barangay chairman Eugene Zambrona last week in Brgy. Tinongan, Isabela.
“They (rebels) are now in very desperate moves that always lead them to frustrations and embarrassments, Dacoscos said.
An intelligence officer of the NPA was killed, while another was injured and captured in an encounter last week with 62IB soldiers also in Brgy. Cansalongon, Isabela.
Brig. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3rd Infantry Division commander, ordered his troops to conduct relentless operations against the NPA in Negros island.*