By Francis Wakefield
Government troops clash against Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) in Cagayan over the weekend, resulting in the seizure of firearms and other items.
A report coming from Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon Command (AFP-NoLCom), disclosed that troops under the Army’s 17th Infantry Battalion (17IB) of the Joint Task Force “Tala” under the 7th Infantry Division (7ID) were on patrol operations at Sitio Tallat, Barangay Masi, Rizal, Cagayan, when it encountered more or less 30 NPA fighters at 6:30 a.m.
The firefight lasted for about 45 minutes wherein the NPAs withdrew toward the northeast direction.
The incident also resulted in the on-site recovery of one improvised Cal .2, one Icom Radio, three jungle packs, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), including one 12-volt Motolite battery and wires, medicine pack, and subversive documents.
NoLCom spokesman Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, said the encounter took place as a response to the information provided by the residents on the presence of armed group in their barangay.
He said the informants are the locals who were fed up with atrocities perpetrated by the NPAs in the area, as well as those who fall victims of their terror acts.
“NoLCom will continue to conduct focused military operations in its area of responsibility to make the communist terrorist group insignificant, allowing developments in NPA-affected areas in Northern and Central Luzon, in cooperation with the populace, civil society organizations and the local government units,” he said.