A New People’s Army (NPA) combatant was killed when the government troops from the 73rd Infantry Battalion clashed with the terrorist group at Sitio Mahayag, Brgy. Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province.
The troops responded to a citizen report that there were five NPA fighters under the command of an alias “Bagyo” that were conducting extortion activities and harassing the citizens of the sitio.
As the government were approaching the area they were met with a barrage of gun shots that resulted to them firing back. No soldier was hurt in the incident.
During the clearing operation the next day, the military was able to recover one caliber 30 M1 Garand riffle.
Lieutenant Colonel Marion Angcao, Commander of 73IB in his statement said that the troops are in the area to secure peace and safety of the people as part of their mandate on protecting the people against terrorists.
“We are not letting our guards down against any armed threat that can harm the peaceful lives of the residents in the upland,” he added.
On the other hand, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, Commander of 1002nd Brigade said that the continuous armed struggle will only bring death, misery, anger, and poverty.
“The people of Sarangani deserve to have a peaceful environment. We are once again calling the NPAs to go back to the folds of law, various benefits are enhanced to support you and your families especially when you surrender and lay down your firearms,” BGen. Ancan added.
Meanwhile, Major General Noel S Clement, Commander 10ID commended troops’ accomplishment and thanked the people of Malapatan for their timely information.
“Your continued support is essential in maintaining peace and order not only in Sarangani but all of our communities within 10ID’s area of responsibility. The 10ID is always here to support the government’s Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration. The protection of the people and their communities will be our main purpose as we pursue against the remaining communist-terrorists in the area,” MGen. Clement added.