CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Joint elements of 83rd Infantry Battalion (83IB) of 9th Infantry Division (9ID), Philippine Army and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office clashed with members of communist terrorist group (CTG) at 2:45 in the morning today, July 14.
Government troops were conducting combat operations at Sitio Lantad, Barangay La Medalla in Tinambac, Camarines Sur due to the reported presence of armed rebels when they encountered more or less 10 communist terrorists (CTs).
The fire fight lasted for five minutes before the enemies scurried to different directions. No one was harmed in the government side.
Two M16 rifles, other war materials and subversive documents were recovered in the encounter site.
LTC TOMMY A DELIVA INF (GSC) PA, Battalion Commander of 83IB emphasized that the encounter is a proof of a growing support of the residents in the government’s campaign to end the unlawful acts hurled by the members of CTG.
“Ang pagtulong nila para makarating sa atin ang impormasyon sa ginagawang pangingikil at paghahanap ng panibagong miyembro ng mga teroristang NPA sa kanilang barangay ang naging susi ng encounter na ito,” he added.
[This encounter is a result of the residents’ willingness to report the extortions and recruitment being made by the NPA terrorists in their barangay.]
COL ROMMEL K TELLO INF (GSC) PA, Brigade Commander of 902nd Infantry Brigade on the other hand said that it’s about time for the armed rebels to realize that their fight for flawed ideals and principles is useless and will only result in violence and danger to the civilians so as to their own lives. He also stressed that only the corrupt top officials of the armed movement benefit from their extortion activities.
Meanwhile, Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD, AFP assured the public of a more intensified security measures being laid down in the entire Bicol region amidst the series of encounters that transpired since the month of June.
He added that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is always ready to fight the enemies of the state and secure its people. Nevertheless, he reiterated that the government is also ready to welcome with open arms the members of the armed movement who will abandon the armed struggle and help them establish better lives through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).