CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS – One platoon of Alpha Company of the 10th Infantry Battalion (10IB) was engaged with an undetermined number of the communist terrorist group (CTG) at Brgy. Singalat, Calamba, Misamis Occidental Tuesday, July 27.
The troops were conducting combat operations when they were engaged with the members of GF SENDONG of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee at 8:30 in the morning.
The firefight lasted for 30 minutes and compelled the enemy to withdraw. The operation resulted in the recovery of personal belongings with no casualties recorded among the operating troops while there were undetermined casualties among the NPAs.
It can be recalled that last July 11, the battalion encountered the same group that led to the recovery of one AK-47 CZ type with magazines and ammunition, a tablet, three cellular phones, five solar panels, medical supplies and paraphernalia, and flags of the CPP-NPA-NDF.
“The encounter is a result of the cooperation of the local populace that continues to provide information to our troops on the presence of armed Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in their communities,” said Lt. Col. Ray C. Tiongson, the 10IB commander. “They are on the run as they are losing their mass base of support.
”The 10IB is conducting blocking operations to deny enemy access to neighboring areas and preventing them from creating chaos and disturbing the quiet lives of the civilian community.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander, 102nd Infantry Brigade, expressed his gratitude to the Local Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (LTF-ELCAC) for their continued support to the Army and the delivery of basic services to ensure the protection of the communities from threats.
“Now that their numbers are dwindling, it is high time for the people of the province to make a stand and send a strong message that terrorism has no place in Misamis Occidental, “said Brig. Gen. Nicolas.
Maj. Gen. Generoso M. Ponio, the 1ID commander, also praised the 10IB troops after a series of successful encounters. He reiterates that the Tabak troopers stand ready to respond and address any attempt by the threat groups in endangering the safety and welfare of the people.
“We need to win the peace for the safety and well-being of and the attainment of a quality and progressive life for the Filipino people,” adds Maj. Gen. Ponio.