NASUGBU, Batangas (DWDD) – Government forces encountered NPA terrorists at Barangay Utod, Nasugbu, Batangas on November 20, 2017.
Since the first week of October, joint AFP and PNP forces have been conducting security operations to ensure the country’s peaceful and successful hosting of the ASEAN Summit 2017.
According to Brigadier General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr, commander of the 202nd Infantry Brigade which supervises the operations, an enemy encampment was discovered on Sunday by troops from the 730th Combat Group of the Philippine Air Force under Major Engelberto Nioda.
“The encampment is believed to have been occupied by NPA terrorists belonging to KLG Honda, the same NPA group which incurred heavy casualties during our focused military operations in Batangas City last September.”
The intensified clearing operations is part of the security preparations for the high profile meetings between leaders of different countries, including President Donald Trump of the U.S., which was held in Manila and neighboring provinces last week.
Government forces have been placed on high alert prior to ASEAN 2017 after recovering documents, including sketches, detailing terrorist plans to conduct tactical offensives in the region with the primary purpose of humiliating the Philippine government before the international community.
Major General Rhoderick M Parayno, Acting Commander of the AFP’s Southern Luzon Command, said that the NPAs which the government forces engaged have been on the run since September.
“Because of the PNP and soldiers’ sacrifices, commitment and dedication to their mission, the insurgents’ plans were disrupted and the terrorists were never given an elbow room to execute those plans.”
MGen Parayno added that pursuit operations have been launched against the NPAs.
“We have tapped and placed all military available assets, including aircraft, on red alert. The NPAs will face the full might of the government. We will protect the Filipino people from fear and atrocities which the NPA terrorists plan to sow while ensuring the safety of our citizens in the area.”
No casualty has been reported on the part of the government while the NPA is believed to have suffered undetermined number of casualties. Sporadic firefight between the opposing forces is still ongoing. 2DPAO/MCAG