CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-A 45-minute gunfight broke-out between the government troops and the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Barangay Daganas, Bulan town in Sorsogon province around 5:28 in the afternoon, July 30.
At least 40 communist NPA terrorists (CNTs) from Komiteng Probinsya 3 of Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC) under Arnel Estiller AKA Mando were encountered by the joint elements of 22nd Infantry Battalion (22IB) and 31st Infantry Battalion (31IB) while conducting security operations after receiving a tip-off from the residents about the presence of CTG in the area.
Killed during the firefight was a female Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) who was left behind by her comrades alone until she died after the government troops overran their hideout.
Captured from the fleeing NPA terrorists at the encounter site were M60 machine gun, M16 rifle, anti-personnel mine, cellphone, assorted ammunitions, roll of electric wire, propaganda materials and other personal belongings.
Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN HENRY A ROBINSON JR PA directed the troops to continue the extensive and intensified military operations in the area and hunt down the fleeing terrorists.
Furthermore, MGen. Robinson extended his gratitude and commendation to the people who gave the information about the presence of the CNTs.
“The encounter was another success on our part — the military and the Bicolano people. Your continuous support even by way of simple sharing of information about the presence of the terrorists, contributes a lot in our fight against insurgency. Our fight against this terrorist group will soon be over, as the enemy armed elements are now on continuous declining strength,” MGen. Robinson enunciated.
The JTFB will continue to extend its hand for those CTG members who will choose to reunite with their families and loved ones peacefully; however, it will persistently hunt and crash those CNTs who are insisting to sow terrorism in the region.
“Kami po ay patuloy pa ring umaasa at magbubukas ng pinto sa mga kapatid nating NPA na magbabalik-loob sa ngalan ng kapayapaan at kaunlaran ng rehiyon. Para maiwasan ang mga ganitong sitwasyon na kung saan ay basta na lamang nilang iniiwan ang kanilang kasamahan sa bakbakan at hayaan na lamang mamatay. Gayunpaman kami po ay hindi hihinto na hanapin at puksain ang mga myembro ng Communist Terrorist Group na patuloy na maghahasik ng karahasan at sisira sa kinabukasan ng ating mga kababayan,” MGen. Robinson further said.