Army, NPA clash anew in Zambo Norte

CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS – The 97th Infantry Battalion battled undetermined numbers of the communist terrorist group in So. Kumangoy, Brgy. Carupay, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte, Friday afternoon, July 30.

The 10-minute firefight with the elements of the Guerilla Front-BBC and Regional leadership of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) incurred no casualties on the government side while the CTG scampered in different directions.

“This is a result of our follow-up focused military operations after the previous clash we had with the same group last July 4 in Brgy. Kauswagan, Sergio Osmeña Sr., ZDN, where one of their comrades was killed,” said Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing, Commanding Officer, 97IB.

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander, 102nd Infantry Brigade, who has operational jurisdiction in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Misamis Occidental, said that the sustained military operations would continue against the WMRPC despite the ongoing pandemic.

“We have already gained the momentum in dismantling five Guerilla Fronts and declaring two provinces as insurgency-free along with our efforts in continuously supporting the local government unit in preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Brig. Gen. Nicolas. “Our priority remains the same, the protection of our people from terrorism and all forms of threat.

Maj. Gen. Gene M. Ponio, the 1ID commander, mentioned the futility of armed struggle that brought suffering, death, and misery to the Filipino people.

“Five decades of armed struggle have not solved any of our problems. It has caused more problems to the society,” Maj. Gen. Ponio reiterated. “We all yearn for a peaceful country. To the remaining CTG members, surrender now before it’s too late. A great life awaits you.”

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