CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City (DWDD) – As we celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Philippine Independence, joint elements of 9IB and 22IB encountered Communist NPA Terrorists in Brgy Cabadisan, Ragay, Camarines Sur, today, June 12, 2018.
Based on the report reaching the headquarters of Southern Luzon Command, a unit of army soldiers under 902nd Infantry Brigade acted upon reports from concerned civilian about the presence of an armed group in the area.
A firefight ensued that lasted for about 5 minutes. Thereafter, the NPAs numbering about eight (8) scampered towards different directions leaving with them one (1) M16 rifle and one (1) M14 rifle.
BGen Peale Jon L. Bondoc, Commander of the 902nd Infantry Brigade said the troops were able to conduct pursuit operation in which they were able to recover additional one (1) M16 rifle with attached M203 grenade launcher in the house of a certain Michael Diron identified to be a Militia ng Bayan (MB) member.
MGen Jesus A Manangquil, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, said that the encounter is a result of the intensified internal security operations in Bicol Region to protect communities and ensure the unhampered implementation of government development projects for the people.
Meanwhile, Lt General Danilo G. Pamonag, SOLCOM Commander, expressed his gratitude for the concerned civilians who continuously cooperate with the AFP by reporting the presence and activities of the armed threat groups. These simple acts are forms of heroism on their part because they contribute greatly in ensuring the security of communities and protecting the freedom that our forefathers fought for. SOLCOM / MCAG