By Francis Wakefield
A government soldier was wounded following two armed encounters between government forces and communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in two separate towns of Misamis Occidental early this week.
Troops from the Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion were on combat patrol operations when it encountered 15 NPA rebels in Panaon, Misamis Occidental, at about 4 p.m. Monday.
No government forces was hurt while there were undetermined casualties from the side of the NPAs due to bloodstains after the encounter.
At about 7:50 a. m., Tuesday, the pursuit troops of 14 Division Reconnaissance Company encountered the fleeing NPAs in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental.
One soldier was wounded while there were undetermined on the NPA side.
The troops also recovered two AK47 rifles, one M16 with M203 grenade launcher, one rifle grenade, blasting caps, IEDs, medical supplies and ammunitions.
“The combat operation was conducted in respond to the report of a concerned civilian regarding NPAs presence in their community,” Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, the 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander. said.
Major General Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula, Lanao) Commander, commended the troops and assures medical support to wounded soldier.
“The armed encounter could have been prevented if the NPAs surrendered and take advantage of the Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government for them to go back to the mainstream society,” Murillo said.