CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Army’s 5th Mechanized Battalion, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade clashed against 20 members of an armed group in Brgy Karkum, Sapad Lanao del Norte, 9:50 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019.
According to Lt. Col. Rolando Orengo, 5th Mechanized Battalion Commander, “Our troops were able to out-maneuver the armed group even if they were in a well-fortified position”.
The 35-minute firefight made the enemy scampered that led into the recovery one M14, one M16, two Garrand rifles; one rifle grenade; magazines and ammunitions.
No government forces were hurt while undetermined number of enemy casualties based on the traces of bloodstains in their withdrawal route.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte urged the wounded armed elements to surrender for them to be given proper medical treatment and assured them of their safety and security.
Enriquez also urged the people to cooperate and report to proper authorities if there are presence of armed groups in their communities.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops for the successful encounter and the recovery of firearms.
“I urge everyone to continue our efforts in pursuing lasting peace not just for Mindanao but for the whole country. Let us conquer the challenges ahead of us and step up the momentum in sustaining our gains for our common aspiration”, said Ancan.