CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – The 62nd Infantry (Hunter) Battalion, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division figured an encounter with more or less fifteen (15) fully-armed members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist within the borders of Carol-an, Kabankalan and Upper Carol-an, Ayungon all of Negros Occidental at around 5:00 a.m. on Saturday.
The encounter transpired while the troops are conducting combat operations upon receiving information from the local populace regarding the presence of armed men in the area. The firefight lasted for about 20 minutes resulting to the death of one (1) NPA and recovery and war materials including: one M16A1; one (1) anti-personnel landmine; two (2) improvised black bandolier; two hundred thirty seven (237) rounds of live ammunition 5.56mm ball; two (2) rifle grenades, ten (10) rounds of live ammunition 7.62mm ball (AK47); one (1) round of live ammunition of 40mm (high explosive); one (1) 30 cap aluminum magazine assembly; three (3) 20 cap aluminum magazine assembly; subversive documents with high intelligence value; four (4) backpacks and personal belongings. No casualty on the government side.
Government troops are now conducting follow-on operations to ensure the security and safety of the civilians and to run after the fleeing CPP-NPA terrorist.
LTC Egberto Dacoscos, Commanding Officer, 62IB ensured the public that the Army will continue to protect the people of Negros and will put an end to NPA’s terroristic activities.
Major General Dinoh Dolina, the Commander of the Army’s 3ID said, “We appreciate all the efforts of the community in giving us accurate information regarding the presence of the communist-terrorist group. This is their way of showing that they are tired of them persistently pestering their way of life thru extortion, disturbance, and violence. I’m very glad to know that we are indeed working together in obtaining a more secure and progressive environment for the Negrenses.”
Further, Dolina expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of the one killed. “We are saddened that another victim of the CPP-NPA Terrorist’s deception and false promises wasted his life again. With this, we are humbly calling the ranks of the terrorist group to lay down their arms; there is a better and peaceful life waiting for you down here. Your Army alongside with other concerned government agencies is very much willing to help you in your mainstreaming. We are giving you the choice to embrace peace and claim your normal life for bloody and senseless armed struggle will only bring you nothing but death.”
This is the fourth encounter between the government forces and CPP-NPA terrorists in just a span of three weeks. It can be recalled that the terrorist group lost two members after an encounter in a CAFGU Detachment in Sta. Catalina on June 21; 94th IB with the CNTs in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental on June 22 which thwarted their plans of attacks using anti-personnel landmines; and 11th IB’s clash with the terrorist group in Bindoy, Negros Oriental on July 2, 2019.