PROSPERIDAD, Agusan Del Sur – Operating troops of the 3rd Special Forces ‘Arrowhead’ Battalion (3SFBn) seized one M60 General- purpose Machine Gun during the recent clash with NPA terrorists in the hinterlands of Sitio Tibog, Barangay Mabuhay last June 16, 2019.
As the Army’s clearing operations continue on its 10th day, another encounter occurred at 11 o’clock AM against 15 NPA terrorists led by Rizaldo Sumunod alias Mansoy which resulted to the recovery of one Light Machine Gun, three Cal. 45 pistols, one fragmentation grenade, six fully loaded magazines for M16 rifle, three fully loaded Cal. 45 magazines, 200 live ammunitions for M60 machine gun, 260 live ammunitions for M16 armalite rifle, 20 live rounds for Cal. 45 pistol, one video camera, one commercial radio, two cellular phones, medical supplies, five backpacks with personal items, subversive documents, demolition set which includes one soldiering iron with lead, two boxes detonating switch, three rubber antennas, one tool set and 50-meter wire. The troops also seized the terrorists’ hideout which can accommodate up to 20 persons, after the 8-minute firefight.
According to Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Joey Baybayan, Commanding Officer of 3SFBn, this decisive encounter is the sixth tactical engagement of his operating troops against the NPA terrorists in the area. “This operation is part of our relentless effort to end the local communist armed conflict in our Area of Operation. As we gained significant results against this terrorist NPAs, we will continue with our pursuit operations against the fleeing terrorists. With the continuous support of the local residents in the area, I am confident that my troops can find them again and finally pin them down,” LTC Baybayan said.
“I am giving them one last chance, surrender now and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government. You still have your own family waiting for you alive,” LTC Baybayan added.
Colonel Allan Hambala, Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade on the other hand, highlighted that the successful security operation of the 3SFBn was a product of the combined efforts with former NPA members, who continuously provided important information about their comrade’s hideouts, and the tactical proficiency of the operating troops in accomplishing their mission.
“This is how sincere we are in our effort to end this communist-driven local insurgency. As long as the people of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur continue to support us in all our peace initiatives, these accomplishments are always possible. Let us altogether end this menace in our society,” Col. Hambala added.