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Battle rages between Army Soldiers and NPA rebels in Ormoc City, Leyte

By 802nd Infantry Brigade
June 27, 2018

ORMOC CITY, Leyte – An encounter with members of the lawless Communist Terrorist Group, locally known as the Front Committee Leyte, New People’s Army and units under this command, took place in Brgy Mahayahay, Ormoc City, Leyte wounding one (1) soldier, during the firefight on Tuesday morning June 26, 2018.

First Lieutenant Sheenan D. Kub-Aron, Platoon Leader of the Alpha Company, 93rd Infantry Battalion, operationally under 802nd Brigade Philippine Army under the command of Brigadier General Lope C. Dagoy, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

During the encounter troops of Lieutenant Kub-Aron responded to an information regarding the presence of communist rebels in Brgy Mahayahay, Ormoc City, Leyte.

Around 7 a.m. the NPA members allegedly fired upon the approaching government troops. During the exchange of fire, the communist rebels allegedly detonated an improvised landmine wounding a soldier.

Following are the recovered items during the encounter: One (1) M16A1 Rifle with SN RPA 82287; Three (3) bandoleer; Twenty-eight (28) magazines with ammo; Thirty (30) rounds of Cal .9mm ammo; One (1) Air gun; Four (4) IEDs; Sixteen (16) blasting caps; One (1) laptop computer; Two (2) USB drive; Two (2) card reader; One (1) tablet phone; Fourteen (14) cellular phones; Two (2) transistor radios; One (1) solar charger; One (1) tear gas; One (1) flash light; Five (5) sword (bolo); Three (3) wrist watch; Subversive documents; Personal belongings; Assorted can goods and rice; Two (2) cocking pot.

Medical equipment: 1-stethoscope, 1-blood pressure kit, 14-assorted medicine, 2-dextrose, 1-acupuncture kit.

Discovered enemy encampment with the following description: Sixteen (16) bunkers, One (1) Kitchen, and One (1) Comfort Room.

Ammunition Expenditures: Two thousand six hundred six (2606) rounds caliber 5.56mm ball, Six hundred thirty-seven (637) rounds caliber 5.56mm linked, and Twelve (12) rounds .40mm grenade launcher.

Brigadier General Lope Cellona Dagoy, 802nd Brigade Commander, expressed his concern on the wounded soldier and vowed to continue to pursue the terrorist communist elements in the area, and promise that more intense operations will be conducted until the communist terrorist will vanish in the Leyte and Biliran Islands.

"Meanwhile, we will actively support the program of the government to peacefully resolve all armed conflicts against peace loving people of Leyte and Biliran Let us condemn those who advocate violence and use arms," he said.

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