By Francis Wakefield
Two members of Communist New People’s Army (NPA) perished during an encounter with soldiers of the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion at Barangay Villa, Maria Aurora, Aurora Province, Sunday.
A military report disclosed that a platoon of soldiers headed by 2nd Lt. Hamilton D. Dawaton acted on a report from residents of Ma. Aurora regarding the extortion activities and harassments of communist terrorists in their locality.
Intense firefight then broke out at about 3:45 p.m. when the platoon encountered around 20 CPP-NPA terrorists.
The fight lasted for about 45 minutes which resulted in the death of two unidentified CNTs. Troops also recovered an M653 rifle and an M16 rifle with an attached (M203) grenade launcher.
No one was hurt from the side of the government.
Just recently, seven high-powered firearms were recovered at Barangay Ud-udiao, Sallapadan, Abra, by elements of the 24th Infantry (Wildcat) Battalion.
Residents of the said barangay also gave information on the possible location of the firearms owned by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) harassing the community. The firearms recovered include four M16 rifles, two Garand rifles, one improvised shotgun, and one M14 rifle.
Maj. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., 7th ID commander, said people are now realizing that the CTGs are the ones pulling the country down.
“Their twisted way of life has caused sufferings for the people. On the other hand, the locals reporting suspicious activities in their area are proof of their increasing trust and appreciation of the Army’s sacrifices and dedication to serve the country and people,” Santos said.
Santos said he is truly grateful with the developments, saying that with the people’s help and cooperation, success of all the Army’s endeavors is expected.