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Army encounters CPP-NPA terrorists, incurs one casualty

September 16, 2018

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Troops from the 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army encountered CNT members at Barangay Mahayag, Matuguinao, Samar on September 14, 2018.

Sgt Daniel B. Silagan was reported to be killed in action during the said encounter, while it is undetermined on the terrorist group.

The troops led by two officers were on clearing operations when they encountered the terrorists as previously reported seen at said barangay when a 20-minute firefight ensued. The enemy immediately withdraws sensing the superiority of our forces.

Immediate appropriate actions will be undertaken to attend to survivors of Sgt Silagan including facilitation of due assistance and benefits. Meanwhile, pursuit operation is being conducted by our forces under the direction of the 803rd Infantry Brigade.

Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio AFP, Commander, 8ID in his message said, “I would like to express my condolences to the bereaved family of our gallant soldier who offered the supreme sacrifice while performing his duty. This setback will not deter our resolve to continue our mandated task to safeguard the people of Eastern Visayas.”

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