By 802nd Infantry Brigade, 8ID PA
September 30, 2019
ORMOC CITY, Leyte – Operating troops from 93IB based in Brgy, Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte had a 10-minute fire fight with remnants of the Communist Terrorist Group of FRONT 41, SRC LEVOX, EVRPC in Brgy, Caghalo, Carigara, Leyte early this morning September 30, 2019.
Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Q Beatisula stated that they have been receiving reports from the communities in Carigara, Leyte for the previous weeks thus, they initiated focused military operations in the area.
Lieutenant Colonel Beatisula states that “we have monitored the NPA presence in the area with the help of the populace. This indicates that our people have enough of the terrorism of the NPA and wanted to have peace in their communities. Their disgust led them to report NPA terrorist presence in their barangay”.
The encounter resulted to the capture of War Materiel including: 1-M16 Rifle, 2-M1 Garand Rifles, 2- M1 Carbine Rifles, 1- Improvised Shot Gun, 1-Hand Grenade an improvise explosives, Bandolier with Magazines for M16 Rifles and Carbine Rifle and some personal effects of the fleeing enemy.
He added that while there was no casualty on the government troops, the operating troops are still pursuing the NPA members who fled from the site whom he believes, are wounded based on the bloodstains in the encounter site.
Meanwhile Brigadier General Lope C Dagoy, Brigade Commander 802nd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army said “ This encounter speaks of the Army's commitment to end the insurgency here in Leyte. These communists have no place in the peace-loving people of Carigara.
I encourage you to heed the call of the communities, lay down your arms and avail of the enhanced comprehensive local integration program (E-CLIP) of the government before you will get killed in combat.
For those who are wounded due to this encounter, you have a choice, surrender, or die alone. I am sure your comrades have left you as they fled the area, the government is extending its hand for you to return to the folds of law, it is not too late for you to go back and be with your family" "We will actively support the program of the government to peacefully resolve all armed conflicts against peace loving people of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran Let us condemn those who advocate violence and use arms," Dagoy added.