Acting on a report of the presence of armed elements that were recruiting the youth and extorting from the populace, troops of the 10th Infantry Battalion encountered undetermined number of Communist NPA Terrorists (CNT) in Barangay San Pedro, Aloran, Misamis Occidental at 9:40 am yesterday (February 18, 2019), which resulted to one enemy killed.
“The encounter was the result of the information received by our troops from a concerned civilian who reported the presence of an armed group in their community while we are conducting community security operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel John Andrada, Commanding Officer of the 10th Infantry Battalion.
Firefight lasted for 30 minutes after which the enemies scampered to different directions bringing with them their wounded members as manifested by the blood stains seen in the area.
While scouring the encounter site, troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, three magazines, and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, the 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander said, “We already identified their (CNT’s) lairs and they have no place to go. We call on those NPA terrorists to lay down their arms peacefully, be given proper medication and we ensure them that their rights will be respected.”
Brigadier General Roberto T. Ancan, Commander of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan said that the Army together with the local government units, the civil society organizations, other stakeholders, and the peace-loving people of Misamis Occidental continue to send upon them (CNT) to listen to the call for peace of the people.
“Listen to the call of the people, lay down your arms, return to the folds of the law and avail the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP),” BGen Ancan added.
He also expressed his sympathy to the family and relatives of the NPA terrorist who was killed. “It is very tragic that he has taken arms against the people of Misamis Occidental when only through peace can development and social justice be achieved.”
Additional troops were deployed to run after the fleeing terrorists while members of the Philippine National Police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) conducted investigation in the encounter site.
Troops of the 10IB are also in close communication with the barangay officials to ensure the safety and security of the residents in the area.
“I commend the troops of the 10th Infantry Division under the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan for their prompt response to the report,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Rest assured that we will unceasingly conduct intensified operations against these menaces of society,” he added.