2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB) troops operating under Philippine Army 9th Infantry “Kampilan” Division (9ID) had an encounter with members of NPA today, January 20 at Brgy. Bat-ongan, Mandaon, Masbate.
According to Philippine Army, 2IB troops encountered more or less 40 rebels which led to a firefight lasting for about 30 minutes.
“After which the enemies withdrew towards the nearby barangay. Items such as one M16 rifle, anti-personnel mines, and Molotovs were seized at the encounter site,” the Army said,
“I laud our troops’ for their successful operation against those who threatens the security of our state. Rest assured that the Philippine Army will continue to support its soldiers by intensifying unit trainings that will boost their morale and welfare,” said Philippine Army commanding general Lieutenant General Cirilito E. Sobejana.