NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Two members of the New People’s Army died while another was arrested after a clash with the government troops at a forested area of Sitio Kanacan, Barangay Saloy, Calinan District, Davao City on September 9, 2020.
The gun battle ensued after troops from the 27th Infantry Battalion responded to the report of concerned residents about the presence of an armed group in the area.
While conducting a clearing operation at the site of encounter, the troops also captured a wounded female member who was immediately given first-aid intervention and was immediately referred to Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for further treatment.
Troops were able to recover from the scene one M4 rifle, three M16 rifles, and one M14 rifle belonging to the NPA after the incident.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen Jose C. Faustino Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, lauded the efforts of the 27th Infantry Battalion in securing the community in Davao City from possible atrocities. He also commended the support of the community for informing the troops on the presence of the NPA.
“The culture of security in the City of Davao is indeed present. With the help of concerned residents, inhumane acts and possible atrocities to be committed by the NPA against this peaceful city have been prevented,” he said.
“We call on the remaining members of the NPA to surrender and lay down their arms and avail the government services through Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program. What had transpired in Calinan that killed your comrades is a clear manifestation that the military is now working hand-in-hand with the communities in fighting against Communist Terrorist Group”, Lt. Gen Faustino Jr added.