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Armed Encounter Ensued Between Gov't Troops and Communist Terrorists in Albay



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Government troops and members of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) clashed anew around 10:30 in the morning, Tuesday, October 1.


Combined elements of 31st Infantry Battalion and Police Mobile Force Company were conducting combat operation in response to a report made by the residents in Barangay Oma-oma, Ligao City in Albay province about the presence of CTG's when they encountered more or less five members of Sentro De Grabidad, Larangan 1, Komiteng Probinsya 5 under Elmer Olie, AKA Rommel.


The firefight lasted for almost seven minutes before the armed rebels withdrew. No one was hurt in the government side but still undetermined in the enemy's side.


Troops were able to recover one carbine rifle, bandolier with six magazines of the said firearm, one live ammunition of 40mm HE and personal belongings.


LTC CHARLIEBEN DELAMIDE, Battalion Commander of 31st IB directed his troops to continue implementing tight security in the area to preempt any violent attacks and extortion activities of CTG's which only bring harm to the innocent civilians.


Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP on the other hand thanked the residents for the prompt report made and underscored that it is a clear proof that the public is already fed up with the armed group's illegal activities.


Nevertheless, JTFB reiterated its call for the communist terrorists to lay down their arms and abandon the useless cause of CTG because with the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) or Task Force Katuninongan asin Kauswagan, more government agencies will be able to assist them to reestablish their lives.


This is aside from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) where rebel returnees is given livelihood and housing assistance as well as firearm renumeration.