GOVERNMENT forces recovered high powered firearms, ammunition and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) materials in an encounter with suspected members of New People’s Army (NPA) the other day in Davao Oriental.
This was confirmed by Philippine Army’ 28th Infantry Battalion (IB) commander Lt. Colonel Ramon Zagala.
Zagala said the encounter occurred at around 3:45 p.m. at Sitio Kirantik, Bgy. Marayag, Lupon, in the said province.
He said elements of 28th IB led by 1Lt Clemente Perdiz conducted patrol operation in the area when they encountered at least 40 armed rebels led by alias Do.
A firefight occurred and lasted for about 20 minutes until the rebels fled towards an unknown direction.
During the clearing operation, troops recovered one M14 rifle, one IED Capto type, one magazine for M14, four magazines for AK 47, 50 blasting cops, one rifle grenade, 50 meters wire, 100 meters wire, personal belongings, medical paraphernalia and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
Accordingly, government forces conducted patrol operation in the area following reports that rebels were planning to conduct atrocities in the hinterlands of Marayag and to attack government forces.
“The encounter is a manifestation of the community support to the AFP in order to build resilient communities free from the destructive influence of the NPA,” Zagala said.
“The strength of the community through the AFP community support program in Davao Oriental prevented the NPA to conduct atrocities and endanger the lives of peace loving citizens of the province,” he added.