Government troops clashed early on Friday with members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a remote village in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur.
No casualties were reported on both sides. But soldiers under Charlie Company of the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion (IB) recovered several components of improvised explosive devices, and medical and food supplies left by fleeing NPA guerrillas after the 8 a.m. encounter in Barangay Bocawe.
Lieutenant Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, the 36th IB commander, said his soldiers clashed with about 15 communist guerillas. But the rebels quickly fled, leaving behind war materials and medical and food supplies.
The operation was launched after civilians reported the presence of the NPA in their village.
Trinidad said the cooperation showed by Lanuza locals indicated the “shifting support and commitment to end the local communist armed conflict.”
“The support of the community to the government and the Philippine Army is a manifestation that they want to live in peace and harmony,” he said.
“We will protect the peace-loving people of Surigao del Sur for them to feel the peace and security that they are longing for. To the remaining CTG, lay down your arms and return to the folds of the law. Avail the ECLIP of the government, and live together with your family,” Trinidad added. By CLC