Army seizes high-powered firearms after series of encounters in Bukidnon-Agusan boundary

IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON – In its quest to finally end the local insurgency, troops of the 8th Infantry (Dependable) Battalion, Philippine Army were able to seize two (2) high-powered firearms after a series of encounters at the boundaries of Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur last June 16, 2021.

The troops heeded the report of concerned citizens that there were Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) members roaming around when the encounter transpired.

Government troops afterwards were able to seize one (1) AK -47 and one (1) carbine rifle both with magazine and live ammunitions. Soldiers are still in pursuit after discovering a lot of bloodstains in the area.

LTC Edgardo Talaroc Jr, Commander 8IB said that, “Ang resulta sa mga operasyon sa sundalo tungod na usab sa mga report sa mga nagpakabanang sibilyan nga maoy nakakita sa mga Communist NPA Terrorists (CNT). Kini nagpamatuod nga wala na silay suporta nga makuha gikan sa mga sibilyan, wala na silay supply sa pagkaon sa bukid ug wala na silay laing maadtuan kung dili ang mokanaug ug mobalik sa sabakan sa gobyerno.” (The result of our operations is also because of the reports of concerned citizens who saw the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNT) in the area. This is proof that they don’t have mass supporters anymore, they now have limited supply of food in the mountains, and they don’t have a choice but to come down and return to the folds of the law.)

“Kami magpadayun sa pag protekta sa katawhan nga anaa sa kabukiran batuk sa mga pag-rekrut ug pagpangilad sa mga teroristang NPA tungod kini ang among mandato. Kami nagpadayun sa among panawagan nga ang mga myembro sa komunista nga buot nang mokanaug ug pilion ang kalinaw nga kami andam motabang kaninyo,” Talaroc ended (We will continue to protect the people in the hinterlands from the recruitment and lies of the NPA terrorists because this is our mandate. We continue to call on to the CNT members, who want to lay down their arms and choose peace, that we are willing to help you.)

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