CAMP MONTECLARO, Miag-ao, Iloilo – An unidentified member of the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed in an encounter with the Army’s 61st Infantry (Hunter Battalion) at Sitio Butuan, Brgy Igcabugao, Igbaras, Iloilo at about 11:20 in the morning of November 12 (Monday).
The troops were responding to reports from local populace on the presence of more or less ten (10) fully-armed terrorists in the area when they were fired upon by the terrorist group which prompted them to fire back. The firefight lasted for about 30minutes. No one is hurt on the government side.
According to Lt. Col. Sisenando Magbalot Jr., Commanding Officer, 61IB, upon conducting pursuit operation against absconding enemies, troops found an abandoned dead body of a terrorist with backpack, IED and bandolier of 5.56mm. Nine (9) other individuals were also held following the encounter. Also recovered in the area were three (3) gallons of gasoline believed to be used by the CPP-NPA terrorist on their plan to burn the facilities of Century Peak Energy Corporation (CPEC).
It can be remembered that last August of this year, a pickup ferrying CPEC employees and 61IB personnel was ambushed by the CPP-NPA terrorists wounding one of the employees of the company; and in 2015, the terrorist group torched several heavy equipment of the said company used to construct mini-hydro project in the same barangay.
LTC Magbalot said, “We are commending the vigilance of the local populace in reporting the presence of the CPP-NPA Terrorist which resulted to the successful deterrence of their terroristic activities like sabotaging and burning of developmental projects in the area. This is a clear indication that the people in Panay are fed up with the terrorist group.”