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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.