Amid the lock-downs and quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, military continue to operate in the hinterlands of Western Mindanao to hunt and pound the remaining terrorists.
In the afternoon of March 19, 2020, troops of the 21st Infantry Battalion launched a strike operation in Barangay Upper Kamuntayan, Talipao Sulu.
Said operation resulted in the seizure of two M16 rifles with six long and five short magazines and one sniper scope round of ammunition for M16 at the residence of a certain Macco Hadjan.
“While we ensure the safety and orderly of the community on the enhanced community quarantine across the country to contain COVID-19, we also ensure that our troops are in good health condition before and after the operation,” said Lt. Col. Ricky Parcon, Commanding Officer, 21st Infantry Battalion.
"We are presently battling against two different enemies," said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
"Team WestMinCom continuously collaborate with the Local Government Units and the health sectors of the different cities and municipalities under the operational control of the command, to protect the people from COVID-19," Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.
"Likewise, we continue our military operations for the possible neutralization of the remaining terrorists to ensure that they will not take advantage of the current situation to create havoc in our area of operation," Lt. Gen. Sobejana concluded.
Troops continue to scour the area.
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