ILOILO CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) --The Army's 12th Infantry Battalion hits the CPP-NPA Terrorist in Panay for the fourth time during the third quarter of 2020.
The fourth encounter occurred at Sitio Bidang, Barangay Siya, Tapaz, Capiz at around 9:40 a.m. of September 13, 2020 with about five NPAs while the troops were conducting combat operations in response to the 'tip-off' from the populace on the presence of communist-terrorists who were doing recruitment and extortion activities.
With the firelight that lasted for about 10 minutes, no one was hurt on the government side, a press release from the 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office said.
Captured the encounter site were one cal .38 revolver, one homemade 12-gauge shotgun, one machete with NPA logo, one black shirt with NPA logo, three empty 5.56mm cartridges, and two empty cal .38 cartridges.
On August 26, 2020 two consecutive encounters happened between the 12IB and the members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist in Barangay Panuran, Janiuay, Iloilo that prompted the two female NPAs to surrender to army battalion after they were abandoned by their comrades.
Likewise, the Army unit also encountered armed members of the communist-terrorist group, August 8, 2020, that persistently recruits minors to join their ranks in Barangay Atimonan, Janiuay town.
Meanwhile, Army's 3ID commander Major General Eric Vinoya lauded the Spearhead troopers for continuously protecting and serving the local populace who are willingly cooperating with their Army by giving accurate and timely information about the presence and activities of the communist-terrorists.
"We are tracking them in precision because of the people's support. We thank the community for supporting the anti-insurgency campaign of the government," Vinoya said.
Vinoya added "In response to their clamor for an NPA-free community, we will be relentless in our efforts to pursue these terrorists until they are incapable of sowing fear and terror." (PIA6/3ID-DPAO/PA)