Troops clashed with NPAs anew

GOVERNMENT soldiers clashed with the New People’s Army in Asuncion, Davao del Norte and Kiamba, Sarangani on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Two bodies of communist rebels and two AK-47 firearms were recovered by soldiers in the encounter site in Asuncion.

Capt. Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said troops from 60th Infantry Battalion engaged around 20 rebels of Guerilla Front 33 in a 40-minute firefight in Sitio Alungan, Barangay Sangayen, Asuncion around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Two MG520 attack helicopters supported the troops with rocket fires at the position of the NPA rebels.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, at around 12:45 p.m., troops of 27th Infantry Battalion engaged in a five-minute firefight the NPA belonging to Guerrilla Front 73 at Sitio Tulad, Barnagay Nalus, Kiamba, Sarangani.

Reports reaching the 10th ID revealed that families near the encounter sites have evacuated to safer grounds.

Military and PNP checkpoints have been established in different areas to prevent the NPA from fleeing the area.

Maj. Gen. Rafael Valencia, 10ID commander, lauded the troops for their accomplishments.

“We must press on the fight and put more pressure on the NPA until they finally realized that armed struggle is not the solution to our problems,” he added.

In related news, Lt. Erwin Bugarin, civil- military operations officer of 8th Infantry Battalion, said the first incident happened around 5:40 p.m. when armed men stormed the office of a hydro-electric power plant in Barangay Lumbayao, Valencia City, Bukidnon.

They planted an improvised explosives device inside the building and fired gunshots on their way to escape.

At around 10 p.m. of the same day, undetermined number of NPAs burned two spray trucks of Davco Agri Venture Corporation in Barangay Merangiran, Quezon, Bukidnon and immediately fled from the scene.

“They no longer act on their ideals these are simply terroristic act,” Bugarin said. In doing so, they are no less a terrorists who does nothing but instill fear to the people making their extortion activities unquestioned.”

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