CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – One Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed, seven were apprehended (one is wounded) after a two separate encounter with the joint law enforcement operation of Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion and 2nd PNP Mobile Force Company in Brgy Bagacay and Cogon, Ozamiz City, 5:50 a.m. Sunday, August 25, 2019.
The first firefight ensued when the troops responded to the report of the residents in Brgy Bagacay of the presence of CNTs in their community and the second firefight was during the pursuit operation in Brgy Cogon.
“The swift action of the government forces resulted into the recovery of one M16 rifle, four caliber .45 pistol, seven hand grenades, three motorcycles improvised explosive components and foodstuffs”, said Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, 10th Infantry Battalion commander.
Two troops were also wounded after the clash and were immediately brought to the nearest hospital for proper medication.
CNT member wounded was also brought to the hospital for proper medical treatment and six others undergo medical check-up prior turn-over to the PNP for filling of appropriate charges and proper disposition.
“The encounter was the result of the collaboration among the stakeholders especially the peace-loving civilians in the area who continuously report the presence of these CNTs,” said Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Misamis Occidental.
“We also urge other CNTs especially those who were wounded to come out and be given proper medical treatment. We are assuring you of your safety and security. We will also assist you to avail the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for you to live peacefully,” Nicolas added.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the successful encounter against CNTs.
“The Tabak Troopers in collaboration with the PNP will intensify joint law enforcement operation to protect the people and communities against CNTs,” Ancan added.
“Our condolences also go to the family of the dead CNT member. It is tragic that he took arms against the government which led to his senseless demise”, added Ancan.
Additional troops were sent to the area to pursue the fleeing CNTs, while the PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) went to conduct investigation in the encounter area.
The troops of 10IB are also in close coordination with the barangay officials to ensure the safety and security of the residents in the area.