CAMP LEON KILAT, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental – Troops of 11th Infantry Battalion under 302nd Infantry (ACHIEVER) Brigade together with Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7 (RMFB7), 94IB, and Mabinay Police encountered more or less thirteen (13) Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) members at Sitio Talingting, Brgy Luyang, Mabinay, Negros Oriental on 00:45 am June 18, 2020 (Thursday).
A joint operation conducted by the Army and the PNP resulted into a firefight for about ten (10) minutes after which, they scampered to different directions leaving the dead bodies of their five (5) comrades and seizured the following war materials: Three (3) M16 Rifles; One (1) AK47 Rifle; One (1) Cal. 45 Pistol; Four (4) Rifle Grenades; One (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED); Eight (8) M16 Magazines; One (1) Cal 45 Magazine; Two Hundred Thirty Nine (239) M16 Ammunitions; One Hundred Seventy Six (176) AK47 Ammunitions; Five (5) Cal. 45 Ammunitions; Two (2) commercialize radio sets; Three (3) cellphones; Five (5) backpacks; Four (4) Bandoliers; Two (2) CPP/NPA Flags; Personal Belongings and Subversive documents.
Ltc Redosendo said “I would to like to commend the residents of Barangay Luyang for reporting the presence of the above armed men in their area, and I urge the people of Negros Oriental to continue reporting the presence of these NPA terrorists in their communities for us to prevent their terroristic activities. Likewise, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed communist-terrorists. Taking up arms against the government and the Filipino people will never address and resolve conflict and issues.”
Meanwhile, Col Noel T Baluyan, the Commander of the Army’s 302nd Infantry (Achiever) Brigade lauded the AFP and PNP element for the feat and the heroism they demonstrated in this accomplishment.
Col Baluyan went on to say; “You can hide but u can’t run away forever. The long and strong arms of the law will catch on you. The incident is unfortunate but we have no choice, we have to protect the community and the people from the hands of the terrorists-the CNTs. This is certainly a big blow on the part of the CTGs. Not only that they have lost their comrades and High Powered Fire Arms (HPFAs) but moreso on the fact that the civilian populace in the areas themselves fed the information on the presence of these CTGs-an indicator the people are already fed up, sick and tired of the CTGs schemes. We call on the other members of the CTGs to come down. We in the PLEDS and the whole NOR TF-ELCAC welcome you with an open arms, avail of the livelihood assistance offered you under the ECLIP and live normal lives. You are just victims of exploitation and the duplicitous schemes of the communist terrorist movement”.