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“Army captures machine gun in Bukidnon clash”

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CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Philippine Army’s 1st Special Forces “Anytime, Anywhere” Battalion (1SFBn) placed operational control to 403rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade under the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division (4ID) captured a machine gun during a series of clashes with the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) held on May 12, 2020 in Bukidnon province.

The operating troops of 1SFBn showed its dedication to duty and bravery when they retorted to a local folks’ tip of armed group’s presence in Sitio Kimutya, San Rafael, Talakag, Bukidnon.

Its blistering action concluded to a series of gun-battle in the morning and another at noon time against more or less 30 CTGs who are believed to be a consolidation of Sub-Regional Committees 4 and 5 of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee.

Unmindful of the peril that is nearly to happen, the engaged troops were able to dictate the tempo despite their inferiority in number, which even caused the rebels to retreat in different directions leaving one (1) caliber 5.56mm Ultimax Light Machinegun with several ammunitions. Likewise, the retreating terrorists suffered great loss as heavy bloodstains were seen in the aftermath of the clashes.

Being tasked to secure the people in the borders of Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur provinces, the 1SFBn continues its determined actions of protecting the communities and its locals against the anti-peace and development groups disturbing their peaceful way of living.

Major General Franco Nemesio M Gacal AFP, the Commander of 4ID, commended the 1SFBn for their bravery and dedication to duty of securing the people of Bukidnon. “I commend the troops of the 1SFBn for their commitment in securing the people of Bukidnon and bravery portrayed despite being outnumbered by the enemy. Live on with competence and excellence,” Gacal said.

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that on May 10-13, 2020, the government forces of 4ID securing the borders of Agusan del Norte (AgNor) and Misamis Oriental (MisOr) neutralized more than 10 CTGs and severely wounding others who were planning to terrorize the communities in the provinces. This setback would cause the collapse of Guerilla Front Committee 4A of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

“The continued decisive engagements of our forces both in the provinces of AgNor, MisOr, and Bukidnon signals the near defeat of the NCMRC. The cooperation of our fellow countrymen contributed much to the success of our campaign in ending the local communist armed conflict. I further call on our people from the other provinces to work with us and together we will move forward of defeating the Communist Terrorist threats,” Gacal concluded.

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