CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City —Troops from 26thInfantry Battalion of 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army encountered more or less twenty (20) New People’s Army (NPA) rebels belonging to Guerilla Front Committee-3 under Southern Mindanao Regional Committee at the hinter-area of Sitio Tagbulete, Barangay Del Monte, Veruela, Agusan del Sur at around 11:05 in the morning yesterday, June 27, 2015.
Said operation was launched following an information that was tipped by a concerned citizen that the NPAs are planning to attack the squad under 26IB, who are securing the on-going construction of farm-to-market road in the area and burn the heavy equipments to sabotage the road for the people.
Ltc Rolando Dumawa, Commanding Officer of 26IB immediately sent an additional troops to support their squad. Upon approaching the area, troops encountered the said NPAs who indiscriminately opened fire towards them unmindful of the presence of the civilians nearby. Troops managed to maneuver to a vantage position and return fire to the NPAs.
After 20 minutes of running gun battle, NPAs withdrew out of engagement area carrying their wounded and dead. Troops immediately scoured the area and recovered 4 high-powered firearms: one (1) M653, one (1) AK47, and two (2) M16 rifles.
Ltc Dumawa ordered his troops to conduct pursuit operation.
Colonel Alexander L Macario, Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade said, “The NPAs are trying to sabotage the programs that will help develop our people in the area. They are deliberately depriving our people of these projects to maintain the status quo in the area of lack of government interventions so that they can easily recruit and deceive new members. We will protect the people in my area and will never let these NPAs pursue their selfish interests.”
MGen Oscar T Lactao, Commander of 4th Infantry Division said, “I thanked the people who gave timely and exact information that led to the successful operation. We were able to disrupt the plans of these criminals. This could have been the same scenario when the NPAs attacked the troops in San Fernando, Bukidnon, who are also securing the construction of farm-to-market road for the people.”
“I congratulate the gallant soldiers who successfully thwarted enemy plans. Continue doing your mission so that we can ensure that the peace-loving people in CARAGA will live in peace and harmony.” MGen Lactao ended.Press Release by the 4ID, PA