MANILA – Philippine Army commander, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, on Tuesday, commended troops in the Visayas and Mindanao for their successful actions against communist and terrorist threats in these regions last week.
“I commend your accomplishment in the mission you are tasked with. This achievement was possible through your combined efforts and individual perseverance to end the enemy’s atrocities,” Gapay said.
He said the successful operations are proof that the Army can and will always carry out its mandate to provide a secure community for every Filipino.
Army spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said these encounters took place from March 2 to 8.
Over the period, a total of eight encounters occurred in the areas of the Maguindanao-based 6th Infantry Division, Samar-headquartered 8th Infantry Division, the 10th Infantry Division operating in Compostela Valley, and the 11th Infantry Division in Sulu, which resulted in the killing of four rebels of the New People’s Army, the surrender of 25 others, and the recovery of 10 assorted firearms.
Zagala further said that on March 2, a scout platoon of the 57th Infantry Battalion, a field unit of the 6th Infantry Division, neutralized three members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
On March 3, troops of the 23rd Mechanized Company, 2nd Mechanized Battalion also neutralized two BIFF elements.
He said the BIFF is responsible for various abuses and violence, especially in the Mindanao region, through mass extortion and harassment, as well as the use of anti-personnel mines against government forces. (PNA)