By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 9, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The operating troops from 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army encountered CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at Brgy. Manlilinab, Basey Samar on April 07, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
The troops were confirming information provided by a concerned citizen on the presence of an armed group conducting extortion at the said area when they chanced upon the CNTs.
The firefight ensued and lasted for about five minutes that resulted to the wounding of two government soldiers namely, Sgt Rolando M. Erilla (right arm) and Pfc Marvin F. Llena (groin area). Some of the CNTs were also wounded as indicated by blood stains along the way of their escape.
The wounded personnel 87IB were immediately given first aid by trained medical aidmen of the unit and were evacuated to the hospital using the municipal ambulance of Basey, Samar, for proper medical treatment.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM”, 8th ID, PA appreciated the efforts of the populace in providing the relevant information and expressed his gratitude to the Local Government Unit of Basey, Samar for the assistance extended during evacuation of the wounded soldiers.
Likewise, Maj. Gen. Farnacio ensures that the wounded soldiers were given necessary support and assistance to recuperate and continue to serve the Filipino people.
“This is a clear example that the communities have already recognized the security efforts of the government and the populace now rejects the Communist NPA Terrorists who are conducting propaganda and extortion in the far-flung villages”, Farnacio added.