Releasing Office: 8th Infantry Battalion, 4ID, PA
Releasing Officer: CPT NORMAN M TAGROS (INF) PA
Contact Number: 0917-775-8156
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Date: 18 April 2016
“Soldiers overran an NPA encampment as troops and bandits clash anew in Bukidnon”
Impasugong, Bukidnon – soldiers of the 8th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army overran an NPA encampment after clashing with more or less 30 suspected NPA bandits coming from SPP TOTO, Guerilla Front 4B of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee, Friday, April 15, 2016, around 4:30 pm, in a forested area near Sitio Kalampigan, Brgy. Kalabugao, Impasugong, Bukidnon. The fierce firefight lasted for about one hour and twenty minutes, which caused the bandits to withdraw and scamper to different direction bringing along their wounded comrades with them as evidenced by the bloodstain found by the troops in their route of withdrawal. Troops were also able to recover one (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED), live ammunitions of AK-47 and M16 rifles, five (5) back packs and subversive documents.
The 8th Infantry Battalion has intensified its security operations to rescue its PNP counterparts after NPA bandits kidnapped SPO1 Warren Coñales and PO3 Edwin Castor when the armed group barricaded a portion of Sayre Highway in Brgy. Capitan Bayong of Impasugong town and flagged down commuters last April 3, 2016, around 5:30 am.
Responding to a report from the Lumad community in Sitio Kalampigan, troops of the 8IB proceeded to the area where the locals saw the armed group who allegedly had with them two persons who were hog tied. The rebels, however, fired upon the troops, as they approached the area that caused the firefight.
Meanwhile, no soldiers were hurt during the clash while it is believed that the NPA had several casualties as reported by the Lumads residing in nearby communities.
In his statement, LTC LENNON G BABILONIA (INF) PA, Commanding Officer of the 8IB, condemned the NPA leaders for denying their wounded comrades proper medical care. “Our friends in the nearby IP communities tell us that the NPA suffered several casualties during the firefight. My fellow tribal elders even informed me that at least 3 NPA members died of their wounds. This is just so unfortunate for our brothers who were deceived to join the armed struggle only to realize its futility and injustice as they were denied their rights to have proper medical care. The NPA leaders could have just allowed our soldiers to help their wounded comrades and not deny them of their rights. We condemn such acts for this is banditry at its best. The right thing for the NPA leaders to do now is to inform the poor families of these casualties and turn over their cadavers but unfortunately, they don’t practice such humane acts and they will just leave their dead comrades half buried somewhere in the dense jungle just to fuel their propaganda and lies.” says LTC BABILONIA, who was ordained and adopted by the Higaonon as one of their elders.