Tight security measures imposed in DavOr, DavSur

INTENSIFIED security measures are put up in Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur following the series of encounters between government soldiers and communist rebels in these areas.

Maj. Gen. Rafael Valencia, the army’s 10th Infantry Division commander, said that his command will use all available capabilities to protect the people against armed groups, including the New People’s Army.

Valencia said they will not hesitate to apply legitimate military force against any armed group sowing fear on the people.

The army general urged every Filipino to contribute in the pursuit for permanent and lasting peace for our country.

“We are all Filipinos. We cannot fight forever, thus, we should be one with the peoples’ clamor of silencing the guns and listening from each other and help achieve the reforms that our country needs,” he added.

Residents in a barangay in Bansalan, Davao del Sur reportedly fled to evacuation site following Saturday’s encounter.

As the nation was celebrating the 31st People’s Power Revolution on Saturday, a series of encounters happened in the region, said Capt. Rhyan Batchar, the 10th ID spokesperson.

The first incident happened at 7 a.m. as troopers of the 28th Infantry Battalion (IB) engaged some 30 NPA rebels belonging to Pulang Bagani Company 6 in a 30-minute gunfight at Purok DP Line, Calapagan in Lupon.

The troopers recovered an M14 rifle, ammunition, four IEDs, five pieces of 50-meter wires, several back packs, military uniforms, food stuffs and several subversive documents left by the fleeing NPAs.

An hour later in Sitio San Francisco, Barangay Campawan in Baganga, members of 67th IB soldiers engaged the rebels under Guerrilla Front 25 in a 20-minute firefight.

The pursuing 67th troopers engaged the fleeing rebels in Mantumbo, Barangay Matunao, Cateel, at 11:45 a.m. that day.

A soldier, identified as Pvt. Febrian Paradero, was slightly hurt. Troopers also recovered several personal belongings, a 30-meter wire and subversive documents left by the fleeing NPA.

Mantumbo was the same barangay where the 67IB troopers engaged the NPAs on Friday morning.

In Bansalan at 3 a.m. on Saturday, rebels under Guerrilla Front 51 attacked the soldiers and CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) of 72nd IB at the detachment in Sitio Balagonon, Barangay Managa.

The NPA immediately fled.

Pursuing troopers from the 39th IB caught up with the NPA and engaged them in a firefight at Sitio Mahayag in the same barangay.

Attack helicopters and artillery pieces were deployed to support the army troopers. The soldiers recovered an M16 armalite rifle left by the rebels.

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