CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – One soldier was killed and 6 others were wounded yesterday (November 28) in a counterterrorism operation against the groups of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Dawlah Islamiya Terror Group (DITG) in the areas of Maguindanao.
While the troops of 33rd Infantry Battalion and 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion exchanged heavy fires against around 40 members of the terror groups, an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded that resulted to the wounding of PFC Jessie Steve C. Polinar, Pvt. John Mark F. Alagos, Pvt. Jebboy B. Borgonios, and Pvt. Joel Rey C. Bacol at around 8:00 a.m. in Barangay Malingao, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.
In a separate encounter on the same day by the 57th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Pamalian, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao at around 12:40 a.m., PFC Danny A. Semillano sustained a gunshot wound on his right arm.
Another IED exploded at Barangay Pikeg, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao while the troops of 61st Division Reconnaissance Company were engaging with the terror groups. Cpl Alvin B. Samama was wounded during the explosion hitting his right foot.
A firefight also transpired between the troops of 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion and BIFF rebel group at Sitio Tatapan in Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. One soldier was killed in the encounter identified as Cpl Ronald C. Devalid. He was initially brought at a hospital but later succumbed to death after he was shot fatally at his left armpit.
“Another soldier hero has offered his life and several others are wounded as a result of the relentless effort of the Joint Task Force Central to destroy the terror groups in Central Mindanao,” said Maj. Gen. Disodado C. Carreon, JTFC Commander.
Maj. Gen. Carreon also said that the counterterrorism operation will continue to neutralize the terror groups and destroy their encampments and hideouts in Maguindanao and in nearby provinces to put an end to their evil and terroristic acts.