Soldiers neutralized a communist rebel in an armed engagement in Zamboanga Sibugay on July 17.
Troops from 44th Infantry Battalion recovered a firearm, magazines, and subversive documents of the communist group following a 30-minute gunfight in Barangay Diampak, Kabasalan at 3pm on Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44IB Commander, said military troops acted on reports of armed rebels extorting money and foodstuff in said barangay.
“Soldiers witnessed some wounded rebels scamper and retreat from the area of engagement,” he added.
Augmenting troops pursue evading communist terrorists while personnel of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) investigated the encounter site.
The military immediately coordinated with barangay officials to secure residents in the area.
Meanwhile, a soldier incurred slight wounds in the course of said armed encounter. Troops brought him to the nearest hospital for proper medication.
“We will unify and harmonize our peace and development efforts with the local government units, government agencies, and other stakeholders to end the local communist armed conflict in the region,” said Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander.
“We condole with the bereaved family of the communist terrorist neutralized in the recent gunfight,” he added.
“It is befitting that we attribute this operational feat to the steadfast dedication and swift action of our military forces and the peace-loving community. Our concerted efforts will continue to bear unprecedented results in our anti-insurgency campaign in Mindanao,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Western Mindanao Command.
“Employing the whole-of-nation approach, the armed forces will combat insurgency by sustaining military and non-military actions, measures that we believe are feasible given all the considerations that we have to make to achieve peace in the midst of diversity,” he added.