encounters NPA in Northern Samar, recovers high powered fire arm
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 8, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – Army troops operating in Northern Samar Province
encountered NPA members in a remote area of Sitio Cabangahan Barangay
Mckinley, Catarman, Northern Samar at around 2:25 in the afternoon of
June 8, 2015.
In a report from Lt. Col.
Carmelito T. Pangatungan, Commanding Officer of the 63rd Infantry
(Innovator) Battalion, troops of 81st Division Reconnaissance Company
under his unit’s operational control while conducting Focus Military
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 AK47 and ammunitions.
The rebels were unable to
inflict casualties against government forces while one casualty on the
rebel side whose cadaver will be turned over to the Barangay Council
of Mckinley for identification.
Major General Jet B.
Velarmino, 8ID Commander, expressed his appreciation to the operating
troops of the 81st Division Reconnaissance Company 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.