By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 9, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Troops from 46th Infantry (Peacemaker) Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army encountered CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at Brgy. Canlobo, Pinabacdao, Samar on April 08, 2019 at 3:15 p.m.
Based on the initial report from Lt. Colonel Noel A Cagasan, Commanding Officer 46th Infantry Battalion, his troops were conducting security operations to check the presence of CNTs in the outskirts of the aforesaid barangay.
While approaching a forested portion in the area, the troops encountered undetermined number of CNTs believed to be the fleeing rebels encountered by the troops of 87th Infantry Battalion on April 7, 2019 at Brgy. Manlilinab, Basey Samar. Firefight ensued for about five minutes.
The troops recovered live ammunitions and empty shells for M16 rifles and one (1) sack of potato. No casualty reported on the government side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” ordered a pursuit operation against the running CNTs/rebels, “Nasusundan na natin sila, di natin sila titigilan para sa kapakanan ng mga kababayan natin”. MGen Farnacio said.
“I am calling the families, relatives and friends of our misguided brothers to persuade their family members turned NPAs, to return to the mainstream society, to go back to their respective families and feel the warm embrace and comfort of their loving sons and daughters. Encourage them to avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government,” Farnacio added.