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3 Separate Encounters Transpire in Bicol



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur— Three separate encounters transpired between government troops and members of CPP-NPA terrorists in the area of responsibility of 9th Infantry (Spear) Division, Philippine Army, Thursday, May 10.

Based on report, one squad of 93rd Division Reconnaissance Company was on board military truck when the CNT detonated an IED planted along the route in the boundary of Barangays Malinao and Pag-Oring Viejo, Libmanan, Camarines at around 7:45 in the evening

Government troops immediately retaliated and the exchange of fire ensued for about 15 minutes. The attack resulted to the killing of one soldier while three others were reportedly wounded.

Casualties were immediately evacuated for medical treatment and proper disposition. Their identities are being withheld pending notification of their families.

In a separate report, two encounters were also recorded between operating troops of 31st Infantry Battalion and the CNTs in the province of Sorsogon.

The first encounter transpired in Barangay Danao, Bulan, Sorsogon while one squad of 31st IB was conducting security operation in the said area. The operation was launched to act on a report regarding the presence of seven members of CNTs belonging to Larangan 2, Komiteng Probinsya 3 of Bicol Regional Party Committee at said barangay. Firefight lasted for three minutes after which the enemy withdrew towards northeast direction of Brgy Lapinig of Magallanes municipality.

The encounter resulted to the recovery of one .45 caliber pistol while one soldier was slightly wounded on his left thigh.

On the same day, at about 8:30 in the evening, one squad of Charlie Company, 31IB while conducting security operation, encountered undetermined number of CNTs believed to be members of KSPN1, L2, KP3, BRPC at vicinity of Barangay San Francisco, Bulan, Sorsogon. The exchange of fire lasted for about five minutes after which the enemy scampered towards different direction. Another soldier was reportedly wounded on his right wrist during the encounter.

In a statement of 9ID, the command strongly condemns the continuous violation being committed by the CPP-NPA in their employment of IEDs during their tactical activities. The command said that this is a clear violation of Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law of which the CPP-NPA is a signatory.

The command also said that these incidents will not prevent your soldier from fulfilling their mandate during the Barangay and SK Election. Troops will be continuously deployed to ensure that the threat groups will not disrupt the election; While security operations will be intensified.

Meanwhile, the command once again calls for a collective effort to stop the NPAs from using IEDs and end the useless armed violence citing that their actions are anti-people and anti-development for it serious disregarded the safety of the civilians for sinister purposes.