SAN LUIS, Agusan del Sur – Three (3) assorted high powered and low-powered firearms with ammunitions were captured by the troops of the 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion under the operational control of 403rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade, 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army during an encounter while conducting focused military operations at the hinterlands of Sitio Damming, Brgy Zillovia, Talacogon, ADS on January 12, 2022.
Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, Commanding Officer of 26IB said the encounter transpired at around 6 o’clock in the morning and the fierce firefight lasted for seven (7) minutes that resulted in the capture of two (2) high powered and one (1) low-powered firearms which consisted of one (1) Caliber .30 (Garrand) rifle, one (1) Caliber .30 Carbine Rifle and one (1) Caliber .22 Rifle. Various war paraphernalia was also captured such as three (3) cellular phones, subversive documents, and other belongings.
The presence of the armed group was compromised by a concerned citizen confirming their location which was immediately responded to by the military forces through conducting intensified military operations in order to suppress their planned atrocities in the area.
The group was believed to be members of HQS LOADER, SRC2 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee.
“It is indeed that the terrorists were desperate to conduct terrorist attacks to harass the community despite the pandemic. Thank you to the residents of Brgy. Zillovia, through your active support and cooperation with us, we were able to immediately disrupt their planned atrocities. We will not allow these lawless elements to extort all that you have,” he said.
“With the capture of these firearms, we believe that the NPA in our Area of Operations was demoralized and we will continue to pursue them aggressively under the rule of law until they abandon this futile armed struggle. Once again, we are encouraging the remaining NPA to peacefully lay down your arms, surrender and start a more peaceful and meaningful life with your family or you have to prepare to face the consequences,” Lt. Col. Goce added.