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Rebel slain, army wounded in fresh fighting in Bukidnon

MARAMAG, Bukidnon–A soldier was wounded while a leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) in a fresh fighting here, the military said yesterday.

In a press statement, the mioliatry said that a series of gun battles between the troops of 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion and NPA terrorists of Guerilla Front Malayag, SRC2, NCMRC transpired in the uninhabited and hinterland areas of Barangay Nakabuklad of San Fernando and Barangay Minungan of Quezon of this province on October 6-9, 2020.

It said the first encounter started on 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon of October 06 2020. The gun battle lasted for about 10 minutes at the vicinity of Mt. Miyangki, Sitio Supon, Barangay Nagkabuklad, San Fernando.

The NPA that was encountered by the government forces was composed of 20 members under the leadership of alias MIGS.

The terrorists scampered to different directions after the firefight, said the military, adding “bloodstains indicating casualties were discovered by government troops while scouring the abandoned terrorist temporary hideout.”

A male cadaver with gunshot wounds was also discovered hastily buried not far from the encounter site, the statement said.

It said the cadaver was later identified as Loloy Gayuran Dal-anay alias Ladong/Kalipay/Bahubali, the Vice Commanding Officer of Platoon 1, GF Malayag. The cadaver was later turned over to the local government of San Fernando for proper disposition, the report said.

Government troops, the report said, also encountered more or less 30 armed men at around 8:55 in the morning on October 9, 2020 in the hinterland area of Barangay Minungan, Quezon, Bukidnon.

The encounter lasted for about 15 minutes. While the government troops were on the process of scouring the vicinity of the encounter site, another gun battle transpired at around 12:33 in the afternoon on that same day.

The exchange of gunfire lasted for another 20 minutes. It resulted to the wounding of a government troop due to landmine explosion.
The wounded was immediately picked-up by helicopter of Philippine Air Force and evacuated to Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro for medical attention.

He is currently in stable status. The government troops seized an anti-personnel landmine, ammunitions, detonating wires, assorted medicine and personal belongings of the CNTs during this encounter.

Ltc Franklin F. Fabic, Commanding Officer of 88IB said: “It is with sadness that another Filipino who was deceived by misleading ideals of the communist terrorist died in one of the encounters. We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family. I encourage the remaining NPA members to surrender now and be with your families while you still have the chance.”

“The commitment and sacrifices of the Maringal Troopers in performing their duty of securing communities from the communist terrorists is greatly appreciated,” Fabic said.

“The information provided by the locals to the government troops led to these engagements. These manifest the strong support of local communities to the efforts of the government in ending the local communist armed conflict in the area,” he said.

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