LANAO DEL SUR, Feb. 21 – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed after an encounter with the Army’s 5th Infantry Battalion (5IB) in the hinterland barangay of Maguing, this province, on Saturday afternoon, February 20.
LtCol. Romulus Rabara, 5IB commanding officer, confirmed that one cadaver was left behind by the fleeing NPA terrorist after fierce engagement with the troops.
“Our troops also recovered two M16 rifles, two M79 grenade launchers, one KG9 sub-machine gun, a hand grenade, Bandoleers, magazines with ammunition, combat packs with personal belongings,” he added.
No casualty was recorded on the government side after the firefight.
BGen. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, stressed the importance of accurate and timely reports of the civilians regarding the terrorist presence.
“Our troops can immediately respond and quell any threats in the province if they (civilians) continuously report and collaborate with us,” he said.
Meanwhile, MGen. Gene Ponio, 1st Infantry Division Commander, lauded the troops for the accomplishment and the civilians who reported the terrorist.
“This encounter is another significant blow to the CTGs that will definitely demoralize their ranks and we are hoping that they will abandon their senseless and irrelevant armed struggle,” he said. (1st Infantry Division)