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Government Forces-Terrorists, Clash Anew in Masbate



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur— Another encounter between the government troops and CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNT) transpired in Barangay Gangao, Baleno, Masbate on Saturday 9:40, March 9.

Based on the report, the combined elements of 2nd Infantry (Second to None) Battalion and 1st Masbate Mobile Force Company were conducting combat operation in response to reports they received when they encountered undetermined number of armed CNTs in the locality.

The firefight lasted for about two hours before the terrorists fled towards northeast direction of the encounter site. The said incident resulted to the death of one Terrorist and led to the confiscation of one M16 rifle, one Molotov, three rifle grenades, two cartridges of M203 ammunition and other war materials.

Meanwhile, one soldier was injured from the clash while pursuit operation is in progress against the terrorist.

Based on the statement of the Joint Task Force Bicolandia, the encounter was a result of the intensified combat operation to deny the CNT group from launching terroristic activities that would impede development especially in the geographically isolated and disadvantage areas in the region.

According to Maj. Gen. Fernando T Trinidad AFP, Commander of JTF Bicolandia, the series of successful operations were results of positive information provided by concerned citizens which clearly manifested that they are tired and sick of the CNT’s atrocities. He further reiterated that the command will continue to be relentless in its efforts to hunt down the remaining members of the terrorist group who are using deception and violence in pursuing their communist agenda.

“As we step-up our combat and non-combat activities to attain peace, we are enjoining everyone to support us by actively partaking in all peace efforts so that the lingering problems of insurgency will be resolved” he added.