CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal — Combined elements from the Army’s 1st and 80th Infantry Battalion who were dispatched for ‘post-Ulysses’ response operations tracked and encountered NPA terrorists in General Nakar, Quezon on Sunday.
A report said the Army encounter with more or less seven NPA terrorists occurred in Bgy. Pagsangahan’s Sitio Madulas at around 9:15 a.m.
BGen. Alex Rillera, Commander of the 202nd Brigade, said his soldiers were organized and performing post-disaster response efforts after the onslaught of Ulysses when they encountered the terrorists.
“These ragtag band of armed opportunists engaged by the soldiers were on their way to beg food from the locals as they were also affected by the recent typhoons. We could have also given these terrorists relief goods if they asked for it instead of compelling the poor and vulnerable typhoon-stricken locals to provide the provisions for them,” said Rillera.
Rillera reported that no casualty was recorded on the part of the security forces.
Last Thursday, soldiers of the 85th Infantry Battalion who were also en route for a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) engaged rebels belonging to STRPC’s Platun Sol and Platun Japson in Macalelon, Quezon.
MGen. Greg T. Almerol, commander of the 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division, denounced the terrorists whose intent is to sow terror and further their terroristic plans against the people amid calamities.
“Their act of attacking our soldiers further solidifies the truth that these NPA terrorists are not really for the people. We are still helping our fellowmen who were devastated by the recent typhoon that hit our part of the country not even a week ago, and yet these rebels are continuing to endanger the lives of the people who they claim they are for,” Almerol.
Almerol assured citizens that the troops are committed to their mandate to protect and serve the people. He called on the last of the remaining NPA terrorists to peacefully surrender and return to the folds of the law and avail of E-CLIP’s benefits “before it’s too late.”
Joint AFP-PNP checkpoints have been established in the area to support pursuit operations against the terrorists.
All military assets have been placed on high alert.