KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Troops under Joint Task Force “ZamPeLan” encountered members of the NPA terrorist at Sitio Pisio, Brgy Balonai, Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur on June 09, 2018.
The operating troops of 53rd Infantry Battalion led by Sgt Roseller G Delparine were conducting combat operations at the vicinity of the said area when they clashed with more or less five (5) armed men believed to members of Section Committee-KARA (Secom-KARA) under the CPP’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC).
The firefight which lasted for about five (5) minutes compelled the enemy to withdrew heading towards the northwest direction of Midsalip, ZDS.
After the firefight, the troops recovered one (1) cal .45 pistol and captured a certain Jerry Nunez Macabinta @Elly, member of Team Caloy, Squad 2, Secom-KARA. There was no casualty on the government troops.
On this same day 09 June, another encounter transpired between elements of 42IB and the lawless group under @Jumalon Tungkalan at Sitio Marhadja, Brgy Panabutan, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte. The five (5) minutes firefight resulted to the death of a certain @Haton Hassan, member of the lawless group, and recovery of one (1) cal .45 pistol. No reported casualty on the government side.
Troops of 53IB and 42IB under the stewardship of Ltc Marlowe E Patria and Ltc Danilo G Ambe respectively is continuously conducting combat operations in their area of responsibility to trackdown the armed groups that brings havoc to the normal lives of the affected civilian community.
Col Francisco Ariel A Felicidario III INF (GSC) PA, 102nd Brigade Commander said, “Reports of the civilian populace were very vital in tracking down the enemy locations leading to the successful encounters of our units. These two separate armed engagements today indicate the active participation of the civilian communities in our efforts to attain peace in Zamboanga Peninsula”.
“Our soldiers stand ready to respond and address any attempt by the armed threat groups threatening the safety and well-being of the people”, said Maj Gen Roseller G Murillo AFP, 1st ID Commader as he lauded the operating troops for the successful encounters.
“We will continue engaging with our civilian stakeholders and put our acts together paving the way for a resilient and sustainably developed communities in our area of responsibility”, he added.