By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 24, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – A team from Bravo Company of 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion while conducting security patrol in the hinterlands of Eastern Samar encountered more or less ten CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) along Brgy. Pinanag-an, Borongan, Eastern Samar at around 11:23 A.M. July 23, 2018.
Troops were checking on information relayed by the populace on the extortion activities of the armed group when the encounter ensued lasted for about 15 minutes that resulted in the recovery of one M16 Elisco rifle SN: RP101724. Also recovered were five civilian backpacks containing documents used for CNTs Ideological Political Organizational (IPO) works, and one detonating cord.
Wounded was PFC Eric L. Alegria who was hit on his right shoulder while there were undetermined casualties on the enemy side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander 8ID commended the troops for their utmost dedication in performing their mandated duty and urged them to be aggressive against the CNTs who continue to harass civilian communities.
In his statement, Maj. Gen. Farnacio said that, “While our troops intensify Internal Security Operations and Community Support Programs to deliver the basic services of the government and to protect the people, the local terrorists CNTs continue their extortion activities and other criminal acts that instill fear and anxiety in the hearts and minds of peace-loving Filipinos.”
“I urged you to lay down your arms and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government. You are fighting a bloody and senseless war only for your Bosses abroad who are in safe areas and living in a very comfortable lifestyle.”