“Strong stakeholder engagements and cooperation of LGU with the military yielded positive results,” Brigadier General Rolando Joselito Bautista, Commander of Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, said after 2 News People’s Army (NPA) terrorists were killed in an encounter at Sitio Malagak, Barangay Guinoman, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.
Operating troops of 44th Infantry Battalion, 102nd Infantry Brigade of 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army reported, while conducting focused military operations, they encountered about thirty armed members of NPA.
Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Tabak Division spokesperson said the killed rebels were both members of NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee. The recovered cadavers were brought to Barangay Guinoman Proper, Lt. Col. Herrera said.
Two high powered firearms, 1 AK47 Rifle and 1 M16 Rifle, were also recovered in the encounter area.
Two local civilian volunteers operating with the soldiers were wounded.
“This is a positive result of the military’s continued engagements with the local populace and LGUs. The shared commitment of attaining peace with local authorities resulted to strong cooperation of the communities to report the presence of NPA members at Sitio Malagak,” said Brig. Gen. Bautista.
“The NPA terrorists under the SECOM Feliciano Bravo of Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee were involved in numerous atrocities committed particularly arson, extortions, killings and abductions. In this regard, there will be no let up of operations against these bandits in order to protect the people and the communities,” Brig. Gen. Bautista said.