Wednesday, October 14, 2020

1 NPA Dead, 1 Army Wounded after Series of Clashes in South Bukidnon

MARAMAG, Bukidnon - Series of gun battles between the troops of 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion and a group of CPP-NPA terrorists (CNTs) transpired in the uninhabited and hinterland areas of Brgy Nakabuklad of San Fernando and Brgy Minungan of Quezon both of Bukidnon on October 6 and 9, 2020 respectively.

The first encounter that started on 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon of October 6, 2020, lasted for about ten minutes at the vicinity of Mt. Miyangki, Sitio Supon, Brgy Nagkabuklad, San Fernando.

The terrorist group that was encountered by the government forces was composed of 20 members under the leadership of alias MIGS. 

The terrorists scampered to different directions after the firefight. Bloodstains indicating casualties were discovered by government troops while scouring the abandoned terrorist temporary hideout.

A male cadaver with gunshot wounds was also discovered hastily buried not far from the encounter site.

The cadaver was later identified as Loloy Gayuran Dal-anay alias Ladong/Kalipay/Bahubali, the Vice Commanding Officer of a Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) operating in the said area.

The cadaver was later turned over to the LGU of San Fernando for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, government troops also encountered more or less 30 communist terrorists at around 08:55 in the morning on October 9, 2020 in the hinterland area of Brgy Minungan, Quezon, Bukidnon. The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes. 

While the government troops were on the process of scouring the vicinity of the encounter site, another gun battle transpired at around 12:33 in the afternoon on that same day.

The exchange of gunfire that lasted for another 20 minutes resulted in the wounding of a government troop due to landmine explosion.

Said personnel was immediately picked-up by helicopter of Philippine Air Force and evacuated to Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro for medical attention. He is currently in stable status. 

The government troops seized an anti-personnel landmine, ammunitions, detonating wires, assorted medicine and personal belongings of the CNTs during this encounter.

Ltc Franklin F Fabic, Commanding Officer of 88IB said, “It is with sadness that another Filipino who was deceived by misleading ideals of the communist terrorist died in one of the encounters. We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family. I encourage the remaining NPA members to surrender now and be with your families while you still have the chance.”

“The commitment and sacrifices of the Maringal Troopers in performing their duty of securing communities from the communist terrorists is greatly appreciated. The information provided by the locals to the government troops led to these engagements. These manifest the strong support of local communities to the efforts of the government in ending the local communist armed conflict in the area,” he added.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 88th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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