ILOILO CITY, July 2 (PIA) - The Southern Front of the CPP-NPA Terrorist in Panay suffered another setback in an encounter with the Army's 61st Infantry Battalion at Sitio Lay, Barangay Dalije, in Miagao town, Iloilo
This, after one of the members of the communist-terrorist group was killed in a firefight with the 61IB troops at about 11:10 a.m on June 29, 2020.
The firefight erupted while the troops were conducting combat operation in response to the "tip-off" from the civilian populace on the presence of armed NPAs in the area.
Aside from a body count, the troops also recovered an M16 rifle, three backpacks, and subversive documents with high intelligence value from the encounter site.
In a press release, Major General Eric Vinoya, the Commander of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division, commended the troops for another successful operation as he attributed the vigilance of the local populace in giving accurate information to the Army troops on the movement and location of the communist-terrorists.
"As I commend the 61IB troops for the exemplary performance of their duty in protecting the people from the menace of the communist-terrorists, I would like also to recognize the persistent support of Miagaonons to our soldiers by giving accurate information that always led to the successful combat operation. The result of the encounter is concrete proof that government and people's unity always yield a better result," Vinoya said.
While he lauded the strong partnership of the Army troops and the people in the area in solving the decades-long insurgency problem, Vinoya also extended sympathy to the bereaved family of the slain NPA member.
"May his death will serve as a reflection to all the remaining members and victims of fake promises and false ideology of the communist-terrorist group who are still waging senseless armed struggle," he said.
He added that "His death is also a strong reminder that armed struggle will only bring sorrows and miseries, thus, I am encouraging other members of the group to surrender while they still have time to avoid the same fate."
On April 18, 2020, the Southern Front of the CPP-NPA Terrorist also incurred a loss in an encounter with the 61IB in an uninhabited area near Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan in the said town that resulted in the death of an NPA member identified as John Farochilin and the capture of several others. (JBG-PIA6/3ID-DPAO)