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Government troops encounter NPA, recovered several firearms

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CATEEL, Davao Oriental – Troops belonging to 67th Infantry Battalion (67IB) organized into composite teams encountered members of Weakened Guerilla Front Twenty Five (WGF25) at Sitio Bitangon, Brgy Aliwagwag, here, January 20.

The troops under 1Lt Al Bryan L Villanueva engaged in a firefight, more or less 20 CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) believed to be members of WGF25, that lasted about 40 minutes after which the enemy scampered towards different directions. The troops were able to recover in the encounter site the following: three AK-47 assault rifles, two M-16 rifles, one upper receiver of M-16 rifle, four landmines w/ wire, two cellphones, medical paraphernalia, backpacks and enemy subversive documents. 

Reinforcement troops from the same battalion were inserted in the vicinity of the site to pursue the fleeing enemy. 

Meanwhile, LTC Jacob Thaddeus M Obligado, 67IB commander commended the troops for a job well-done. “We will continue with our focused military operations to ensure the safety of the populace. The 67IB as your partners of Peace and Development will remain steadfast in the performance of its duty with the support of the Local Government Unit of the Province of Davao Oriental. We will maintain zero NPA Initiated Violent Incidents (NIVIs) and zero recruitment in our whole area of responsibility,” LTC Obligado said.

Moreover, Col Manuel V Sequitin, 701st Brigade Commander lauded the operating troops for their commendable performance. He further encouraged the populace to continue supporting the troops and help in the campaign against the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorists in order to establish peaceful and conflict-resilient communities.

MGen Jose C Faustino Jr AFP, 10th Infantry Division (10ID) Commander also lauded the troops’ accomplishments and said, “with people’s support and troops’ commitment to duty, the region and the whole of 10ID’s areas of responsibility will experience continuous relatively peaceful environment.”

“The 67th Infantry (Agila) Battalion will remain competent and dedicated to its mission in establishing peaceful and conflict-resilient cCommunities in the area of responsibility. Altogether we will protect the community and create a peaceful environment conducive to sustainable development,” LTC Obligado finally added.

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