NPA fighter dies in Himamaylan, NegOcc clash

ILOILO CITY, May 27 (PIA) – A fighter of the CPP-NPA Terrorist died in an encounter with the troops of 94th Infantry Battalion at the vicinity of Sitio Bugo, Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on May 26, 2021.

The encounter happened at about 3:30 p.m. while the troops were conducting combat operations in response to the reports of the civilian populace on the presence of more or less seven armed NPAs in the area, a press release from the 3rd Infantry Division’s Public Affairs Office said.

The firefight ensued for about 10 minutes. The enemies immediately withdrew towards Cabadiangan creek. No casualty on the government side was recorded, the report said.

Aside from the dead body of a communist-terrorist, the troops also seized from the encounter site one M1 Carbine Rifle, two Caliber .357 pistols, and personal belongings.

Major General Eric Vinoya, the Commander of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division, attributed the another successful military operation to the strong will of the peace-loving people, local government units, and local officials in protecting their community from the communist terrorists.

"The LGUs, with the support of the local populace, are now taking the lead in safeguarding their communities from the barbarities of these NPAs. They are very cooperative with our soldiers, for they are longing for peaceful Negros. As such their Army will be relentless in pursuing these terrorists until the genuine peace is achieved and the development is progressing for the good of each and every Negrense," Vinoya said.

For his part, Lt. General Roberto Ancan, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command, congratulated the 94th Infantry Battalion for the successful operation that prevented the communist-terrorist from harming the civilians.

He also thanked the local populace, LGUs, and stakeholders for the overwhelming support to the soldiers that led to the said victory.

"I would like to congratulate the Joint Task Force Spear through its 94IB for a job well done. Your bravery and hard work inspire the Negrenses to unite and stand against the cruelty of the communist terrorists,” Ancan said.

He expressed confidence “that we can win this fight with the people and LGUs on our side.” (PIA6/3ID-DPAO/Philippine Army)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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