Malaybalay City, Bukidnon – At around 11:25 AM today, Dec 31, 2018, army troopers of Charlie Coy, 8th Infantry Battalion and 43rd Division Reconnaissance Company, both under the Command of 8th Infantry Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, sneaked into an NPA Terrorist’s lair in the mountainous boundary of Bukidnon and
Agusan del Sur. The army troopers successfully attacked the terrorist group of the CPP/NDF/NPA’s Sub-Regional Committee 2 of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee.
The fierce combat maneuvers resulted to the death of 2 NPA terrorists and the capture of 2 M14 rifles.
As of press time, the troopers of 8th Infantry Battalion with the 43rd Division Reconnaissance Company are pursuing the terrorists who scampered after their hideout was overrun by the troops. The terrorists left their dead cohorts behind.
Col Edgardo De Leon, 403Bde Commander congratulated his men for this succesful operation. He said: “Mabuhay kayo, kawal Pilipino! Nagbunga ang ating sakripisyo na walang uwian ngayong Pasko at Bagong Taon para epektibo nating mabigyan ng proteksyon ang taongbayan at ang ating bayan.” (Long-live to our Filipino Soldiers! Our
sacrifices of not being with our families this yuletide holidays in order to effectively protect our people and our land had all its worth!)
4th Infantry Division Commander who is also the Acting Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, MGen Ronald Villanueva reiterated his call for NPA terrorist members to surrender or face the might of massive military operations. He said: “Our forces on the
ground are unleashing their combat skills. To the remaining NPA terrorists who still want to challenge our government, show us what you’ve got. For those wanting to take the path to real peace, come to us and we will help you.”