Two Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) members were killed during an encounter with government troops in Panganiban, Catanduanes on Sunday, 22 September.
Troops from the 83rd Infantry Battalion and Police Mobile Force Company were conducting combat operations in Barangay Taopon when they encountered at least seven CNT at about 1:20 a.m. and a 10-minute firefight ensued, according to a report from the Army’s 9th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office based in Camp Elias Angeles, San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur.
During clearing operations, troops found the bodies of two CNT and recovered an AR15 rifle.
There was no casualty from the government side.
Hot pursuit operation against the other CNT followed as they were seen scampering towards different directions after the encounter.
Joint Task Force Bicolandia chief Major General Fernando Trinidad said their intensified combat operations against CNT aims to prevent them from conducting extortion and other illegal activities in Bicol communities.
Meanwhile, the military discovered a camp of local terrorists in Lanao del Sur on 19 September.
Improvised explosive device components, medical paraphernalia, food supplies and personal belongings of suspected Dawlah Islamiya fighters were found in the camp, said Major General Roberto Ancan, Joint Task Force ZamPeLan commander.
Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Western Mindanao Command, said that the discovery of the camp constrict local terrorists’ movement and penetrate their previous strongholds. (With Elmer Manuel)