PRESS RELEASE April 8, 2019
1 NPA TERRORIST KILLED, 6 FIREARMS RECOVERED IN BUKIDNON CLASH
BRGY MAHAYAG, BUNAWAN DISTRICT, DAVAO CITY - An armed clash between government troops and Communist Terrorists transpires Sunday in the hinterlands of Bukidnon Province. A 15 -minute clash ensued at around 9:50 AM at Sitio Ngaran, Barangay Kipilas, Kitaotao, Bukidnon after troops of the 3rd Infantry Battalion conducting Community Support Program thereat acted on a tip by a concerned citizen about the presence of an armed group in the said area.
The fully armed Terrorists were estimated to number more or less thirty (30), believed to be members of weakened GF 56, SRC5, SMRC under a certain alias EGOR. A second clash transpired the same day later at around 10:15 AM as troops of Alpha Company of the same battalion conducted pursuit operations against the same beleaguered group who earlier withdrew to a north easterly direction from the first encounter site. The second firefight lasted for almost two (2) hours which resulted to one terrorist killed and an undetermined wounded.
After the encounter, following were recovered at the encounter site: one (1) AK47 rifle; one (1) M653 rifle; one (1) M16 rifle; 3 cal 45 pistols; one improvised explosive; one (1) combat pack; personal belongings and subversive documents. Continuous pursuit operations are being conducted by the troops of 3rd IB to capture and prevent them from conducting atrocities against the neighboring communities.
No civilians have been affected in both clashes.
The Commanding Officer of 3rd IB, LTC OSCAR P PARTUZA INF (GSC) PA said his troops are in a quest to maintain peace and security in conjunction with other security forces in his area. “We are enjoining all our peace-loving citizens to support all our efforts in putting a stop to the terroristic acts of CNTs against the people. With our collective actions and continuous vigilance, we can totally rid Bukidnon from the claws of communist terrorists” Ltc Partuza said.
COLONEL NOLASCO A MEMPIN INF (GSC) PA, Commander of 1003rd Brigade lauded the troops of 3IB for the successful conduct of clearing operations and expressed his optimism that due to the strong social and combat pressure being generated, more surrenderees will surface.
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