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Soldiers in Masbate Clash, Receive Awards



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-- Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Battalion involved in the recent clash with CPP-NPA terrorists group were awarded by the 9th Infantry Division in the encounter site in Barangay Talisay, San Fernando Ticao Island in the province of Masbate, Saturday, March 17.

The soldiers were recognized for their gallantry in action, courage, dedication, and commitment during the conduct of the combat operation to address the threats being fostered by the terror-tagged NPAs operating in the said area.

It can be recalled that on March 15, the troops were able to engage 15 members of Larangan 1, Komiteng Probinsya 4 of Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC) that led to the capture of 11 high-powered firearms, assorted ammunition, grenades, unexploded ordnances, cell phones, laptop, boat engines, personal belongings and subversive documents. Also included in the confiscated items from the NPA terrorists are motor boat and bancas believed to be used by the armed group for their mobility.

No less than the army commander in Bicol, Maj. Gen. Jesus A. Manangquil Jr AFP accorded the awards as he visits the encounter site to personally supervise the operating troops conducting their pursuit operation.

Speaking before the troops, he conveyed his gratitude to the soldiers for giving their utmost commitment to safeguard the Bicolanos from terrorism. Furthermore, he congratulated the troops for displaying their gallantry which truly reflects the character of a dedicated Spear Trooper.

As form of encouragement, the Commander gave his assurance that appropriate support will be given to the front liners who have been in the campaign against insurgency to ensure peace and security in the region.

Meanwhile, the simple awarding ceremony became more meaningful after the neutralization of a certain Joey Fajardo, the Secretary of BRPC in a separate law enforcement operation conducted by the authorities in Naga City.

With the recent accomplishments, the Command vowed that combat operations will be further strengthened to hunt down the remaining communist terrorists who continue to induce violence to pursue their agenda. On the other hand, the Command once again calls out for the support and cooperation of everyone specifically in addressing the issues and concerns of the people vulnerable to the influence of the enemy.