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8ID troops recover war materiel during an encounter with NPA

November 8, 2014

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar – Army operating troops in Samar Island recovered several war materiel after a brief encounter with a small group of NPA rebels in a remote area at Brgy Sto Niño, Motiong, Samar last November 6, 2014.

In a report from Lt Col Antonio Dulnuan Jr, Commanding Officer of the 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion, his troops were conducting Peace and Security Operations in the outskirts of said barangay when they chanced upon a team of NPA rebels passing also in the area.

A brief exchange of firefight followed forcing the enemy to withdraw from their position leaving behind several war materiels at the encounter site. Among the items recovered were one bandoleer, five long magazines for M16 rifle, two short magazines for M16 rifle, eighty rounds live ammunitions for M16, two back packs with personal belongings, one hand grenade and high value subversive documents.

The rebels were unable to inflict casualties against government forces while casualties on the rebel side remained undetermined.

MGen. Jet B. Velarmino, 8ID commander, expressed his appreciation to the operating troops of the 87IB for their dedication and commitment in safeguarding the communities against the rebels.

Further, he reiterated the government’s call for non-violence, for the rebels to return to the mainstream society, and for them to take advantage of the government’s reconciliation programs.