Official Press Release By: Philippine Army Spearhead Troopers
The combined elements of the Army’s 62nd Infantry (Unifier) Battalion and the 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion successfully prevented planned attack and extortion of the CPP-NPA Terrorist in Negros Occidental on Wednesday, November 03, 2021, 03:40 PM.
This, after the troops launched combat operations in response to information from a concerned citizen on the presence of NPA terrorists consolidating at the vicinity of Sitio Tiyos, Barangay Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.
Said group was planning to stage attacks and intensify their extortion scheme in the area.While assaulting the identified enemy position, the troops encountered more or less 25 NPA terrorist members.
The firefight ensued for about 1 hour as the enemy continued to retaliate while covering for their other members to withdraw. The enemy suffered major losses as they were seen by engaged soldiers dragging away their at least four (4) comrades. Heavy bloodstains were seen on their withdrawal route as pursuing units continued to hunt the terrorist group in the southwest direction.
The encounter resulted in to two soldiers' death and the wounding of four others who are now in stable condition. They were immediately evacuated to Visayas Command by Black Hawk Helicopters of the Philippine Air Force.
At about 04:30 PM, blocking forces also encountered more or less seven (7) withdrawing NPA terrorist members. The Enemy withdrew towards the east direction.
Initial enemy war materiel recovered from the encounter site were three (3) backpacks, two (2) cellphones, ammunitions, four (4) large cooking pots, various enemy belongings, and supplies.
Prior to the encounter, there were reports that the NPA terrorists planned to attack the ongoing Hilaitan-Trinidad Farm to Market Road in Guihulngan City. The project is already 90% completed and is constantly being secured by the government forces. The presence of NPA terrorists in Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental aims to stage the attack, conduct their extortion scheme and regain their masses in the area.
MGen Benedict Arevalo, Commander, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division, said that the Army will not allow the CPP NPA terrorist to stage atrocities and conduct their extortion scheme in the region.
“As I direct our troops to conduct relentless military operations against these terrorists, I encourage all Negrenses to join our fight against this terrorist group by continue providing information about their plans and activities and further preventing them from casting more terror," MGen Arevalo added.