CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur, Aug. 7 (PIA) - Elements of 83rd Infantry Battalion (83IB) earned another triumph when members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Tinambac, Camarines Sur withdrew after a 10-minute firefight with the government troopers.
Sightings of CTG's presence in the area alerted concerned residents of Brgy. San Antonio, said town and reported them to the soldiers who immediately conducted security operations.
True enough, at around 8:30 Wednesday morning, responding elements of the 83rd IB encountered at least 15 Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the said area.
9th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) Spokesperson CPT John Paul Belleza said that firefight lasted for about 10 minutes before the enemies withdrew. No one was harmed on the government's side while it's still undetermined on the enemies' side.
Found in the encounter site were anti-personnel mine, M2O3 40mm grenade, 200-meter electrical wire, ammunitions, personal belongings and propaganda materials of the CNTs.
JTFB under MGEN HENRY A ROBINSON JR PA, 9ID Commander, extended his gratitude to the residents for the prompt report.
MGen Robinson attributed this development to the combined extensive military operations, intensified campaigns in encouraging the CTG members to return to the folds of the law and the cooperation of the local populace to the anti-insurgency campaigns of the government.
In the press statement issued by DPAO, they noted the surrender of alias Sandy and Ramir of Bato; alias Cris, Jay-r and Roselyn of Sipocot, all regular members of CTG who voluntarily surrendered to the PNP and the Army just this week.
"Our decisive military operations will not stop until we finally clear all conflict-affected areas from the influence of the CTG. The recent recoveries and scores of the Army and our counterpart from the PNP speak about our persistent thrust to eradicate the lingering presence of communist insurgency in our region," Robinson added.
The 9ID Commander again call on CTG members to return to the folds of law, embrace peace and be reunited with their families and loved ones. (LSMacatangay, with reports from CJPBelleza, DPAO 9ID-PIAV/Camarines Sur)