MARAMAG, Bukidnon- Troops of 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion encountered NPA terrorists of Guerilla Front Malayag, SRC2, NCMRC in an uninhabited and hinterland area of Barangay Mandahikan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon at around 9:50 in the morning of 31 July 2020.
The government troops skirmished with more or less 15 NPA terrorists led by @ Migs that lasted for about 7 minutes of the gunfight. After the firefight, troops discovered one (1) body of dead NPA terrorists with one (1) M16 Rifle and a Bandolier containing four (4) magazines. An abandoned terrorist hideout that can accommodate 30 persons was also seized not far from the encounter site. Additional eight (8) cellular phones, medical supplies, and personal belongings were also scored by the government troops. No casualty was reported on the government side.
Lt. Col Franklin F Fabic, Commanding Officer of 88IB lauded the Maringal Troopers for their bravery and commitment in defending communities in far-flung areas against these communist terrorists.
He also commended the community of Barangay Mandahican for the cooperation and information they shared with Maringal troops that led to this engagement. It manifests the strong support of local communities to the efforts of the government in ending the local communist armed conflict in the area.
“We are determined to utilize all our might to destroy the armed components of these communist NPA terrorists who remain to be the menace of the society”. LTC Fabic added.