NEGROS ORIENTAL, May 11 (PIA) -- The 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army honored nine soldiers for demonstrating exemplary action during encounters against communist terrorists in the area of operations of the 94th Infantry Battalion (IB).
Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, offered medals or Military Commendation Medals during the awarding rites on Thursday at Brgy. Tambo, Ayungon, this province.
In April, it was reported that the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police elements of 94IB and the police force of Bindoy Municipal Police Station while conducting community security patrols clashed with undetermined number of New People’s Army (NPA) terrorist groups in Sitio Namunduan, Brgy. Cambudlas, Bindoy.
The said encounter resulted in the minor wounding of one soldier while two NPA members killed an undetermined number of casualties based on the heavy bloodstains found in the NPA position and route of withdrawal.
The troops were able to recover at the encounter site the following war materials: one shotgun with live ammunitions; one bandoliers with magazines and live ammunitions; two backpacks; one rifle grenade; six pairs of rain boots; medical supplies and paraphernalias; subversive documents; and other personal belongings.
Troops are still pursuing the fleeing NPA terrorists.
Pasaporte lauded the bravery and selfless dedication of the operating troops to secure and protect the community of Bindoy.
"The medal symbolizes your bravery in facing our enemy and selfless dedication on your oath to protect the people and the country. As your Brigade Commander, I want to recognize your collective efforts and may this simple occasion motivate you to do more and perform well on your next mission,” said Pasaporte.
Addressing to the troops, he added: “Let us continue our efforts in going after the communist NPA terrorists and show to them the true grit of the 94th Infantry ‘MANDIRIGMA’ Battalion.” (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)