With support of indigenous peoples (IP), the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn) scored big against the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a one-hour encounter that took place in a remote area of Sitio Paradise, Barangay Magsaysay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on Friday (Oct. 18).
A rebel died in the firefight while various firearms and belongings of the communist group were seized in the incident. The soldiers also sent the NPA rebels running away.
1st Lt. Krisjuper Andreo J. Punsalan, the civil-military operation (CMO) officer of 3SFBn, said that members of IP communities reported the threats they faced due to the presence of more than 30 armed NPA rebels planning to conduct extortion activities among residents in the area at the height of the onslaught of Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky.
“Upon receiving the report, our troops, despite the rescue operations they are conducting while in the midst of TD Vicky, immediately responded to the distress call of the IPs and engaged the NPA rebels,” Punsalan said.
After an hour of intense fighting, the rebels retreated to different directions, leaving behind a dead companion. The soldiers recovered five high-powered firearms consisting of four M16 caliber rifles and one AK-47 rifle. SOVEREIGNPH