Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija- Army troops under the 91st Brigade Reconnaissance Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team recovered one (1) M16 rifle when they clashed with seven (7) NPAs under Komiteng Larangan Gerilya South Ilocos Sur (KLG-SIS) in the boundary of the towns of San Emilio and Gregorio del Pilar of Ilocos Sur on 14 August 2020 at around 8:30 a.m.
The NPA group that the Army troops clashed with are under Alias “NERO”, the leader of the KLG-SIS, whose group clashed with the Army last 08 August in Barangay Suagayan, Santa Lucia, Ilocos Sur. In the said encounter, five (5) NPAs were killed and 9 of their firearms were recovered by government forces.
A tip by a concerned civilian led the troops to the hiding place of the bandits that resulted to an encounter.
According to the report that reached the Headquarters 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, there is no reported casualty on government’s side, while undetermined in the bandit’s side.
Pursuit operation is ongoing as of press time.
“The pursuit operation against the group of alias “NERO” will continue until we get all of them, said ”Brigadier General Audrey L. Pasia PA, the Commander of 702nd brigade that supervises the ongoing operation. “It is only a matter of time before we can corner them again and deliver the final blow for their complete decimation. Before that happened, I am encouraging the remaining members of KLG SIS to surrender, for them to avoid the fate of their five comrades who perished last August 8.”
Major General Alfredo V. Rosario Jr. PA, the Commander of Army’s 7th Infantry Division, said, “I am appealing to the dwindling forces of the KLG-SIS to surrender themselves to the authorities before it is too late, as the Army will not stop in going after them until they are totally crushed and decimated.”