The local communist movement suffered a major setback when eight of its fighters died in a 3-hour intense gun battle with police and military security forces in Negros Oriental on Tuesday.
Police commandos on test mission and attached to Philippine Army units conducting internal security operation in Negros Island made contact with some 40 communist guerillas belonging to the Komite Rehiyonal-Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor (KR-NCBS) in Sitio Agit, Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental at 12:55 PM on Tuesday.
The police commandos from PNP Special Action Force Commando Course Class 106 were attached to the main operating units composed of Philippine Army troops from the 62nd Infantry Battalion, 16th Scout Ranger Company, 33rd Division Reconnaissance Company and 303rd Brigade.
“As law enforcers and protectors of the Filipino people, the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines are duty bound to pursue all NPA elements spreading atrocities. We are relentless in addressing the problems of insurgency so that our countrymen can enjoy safer and more secure community” said PNP Officer-In-Charge Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.
“What is more significant here is the field experience on inter-operability by both police and military troops that resulted in the success of the operation.” said Eleazar
Field reports confirmed eight dead CPP-NPA fighters and recovery of 11 assorted high-powered weapons comprising of six M-16 Rifles, two M-14 Rifles, one M-4 Rifle; one M-60 light machinegun; and one KG-9 submachinegun. Troops also recovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED); one IED wire; six M-14 magazines with ammunitions; two backpacks and CPP-NPA documents of high intelligence value.
Police and military units in Negros Oriental were alerted to beef-up checkpoint and blocking forces in adjacent municipalities for fleeing rebels, while local hospitals and community clinics are being monitored for wounded NPA rebels seeking treatment. PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE