Army, NPA clash anew in Sursur town

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TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Aug 26 – The Army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion and the New Peoples Army (NPA) Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) clash anew in the hinterlands and uninhabited area of Vic Sua, Brgy Esperanza, Carmen, this province today, August 26, 2019 at around 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

Elements of Charlie Company, 36IB while conducting combat operation due to the reports from the civilian populace of the presence of NPA CTG in the said area, troops immediately responded and upon reaching the enemy location conducted skirmish position triggering the firefight in a running gun battle to more or less 10 NPA CTG believed to be member of SPP2, WGF30 of the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).

The exchange of fires lasted for about 15 mins and the enemy scampered to different direction and forced to withdraw. The clash resulted in the wounded of one soldier and undetermined number to the NPA CTG as bloodstains scattered on the path of their withdrawal.

The said WIA was extricated to the encounter site and arrived at the nearest hospital. The attending physician had treated the WIA and declared in stable condition.

In his statement, Ltc Xerxes Trinidad, Commander of the 36IB said that the 36IB will never stop going after these NPA CTG. We will never stop chasing this menace of the country until the last drop of our blood.

“We will never stop until communities and populace will experience the peace and progress that they are longing for.” Ltc Trinidad added.

He further added that the growing support of the community to the Philippine Army manifest a bold move to help in ending the Communist armed conflict.

“It is our commitment to preserve the peace and order situation in the province. We will sacrifice our lives in order to protect the peace-loving people of Surigao del Sur. To the remaining CTG, lay down your arms and surrender now. You still have a chance, live in peace and harmony together with your family, “Ltc Trinidad ended.