Monday, February 8, 2016

10 ID Intensifies Security Operations, Clashes with NPA in Davao Region

MAWAB, COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE - A series of armed encounters between soldiers of 10th ID and NPAs erupted over the weekend, February 6 and 7, 2016 in Compostela Valley Province and Davao Occidental.
The first incident transpired around 5 o’clock in the morning of February 6 between soldiers of Bravo Company, 73IB and NPAs belonging to Guerilla Front 71 of the Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR) at the boundaries of Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental and Glan, Sarangani Province.

The second incident happened when troops of Bravo Company, 46IB caught up with the escaping group of NPAs under Guerilla Front 2 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) led by @Raden at Sitio Binotaan, Brgy Kingking, Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province at around 2:30 in the afternoon of February 6.

The third incident occurred at Sitio Logpaton, Brgy Kingking, Pantukan when NPAs fired upon a group of soldiers on a checkpoint triggering a 6- minute exchange of fires around 3 o’clock in the afternoon of February 7.

No soldier was hurt on these incidents while the NPAs were believed to have suffered casualties as they left behind traces of bloodstains and various personal effects and other paraphernalia’s after immediately fleeing the site of the incidents.

Soldiers of 46IB and 73IB are still conducting pursuit operations against the NPAs.

MGen Rafael Valencia, commander of 10th Infantry Division, reiterated his earlier statement that 10ID’s campaign against the NPAs will be relentless. “We will continue our peace and development initiatives for the people of Davao Region. We encourage NPA members to abandon the armed struggle and return to the folds of the law. But for those who continue to choose the path of violence, we will vigorously pursue and defeat them using legitimate force,” he added.

Source: Division Public Affairs Office, 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army

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