Government troops seized a hideout of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists following an encounter in Barangay Tigmarabo, Miagao, Iloilo on Saturday.
Based on a report from the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), members of the 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) were conducting a security patrol operation within the area when they chanced upon more or less 40 members of the Suyak (SDG) Platoon of the Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon Panay under Joven Ceralvo alias Ka Lex.
A more or less 20-minute firefight ensued, after which the government forces discovered and seized from a nearby NPA hideout one unit each of 12 gauge shotgun, homemade shotgun, projector, binoculars and grenade; 10 backpacks; anti-personnel mines; and subversive documents.
IPPO director Col. Gilbert Gorero said Ilonggo cops will remain vigilant after the encounter in the far-flung barangay of Tigmarabo, Miagao.
“We are ready to support and augment Army trooper when necessary. We support the President’s directive to end the problem on terrorism through the whole-of-nation approach,” he said in a text message on Sunday.
He also lauded the operating team for their “brevity and devotion to duty by sacrificing and offering themselves against the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines)-NPA.”
Meanwhile, the 61IB in a statement said no one was injured among their troops in the firefight but there were bloodstains believed to be from retreating members of the NPA.
The government troops went to the area after receiving information from the locals on the presence of communist fighters. SOVEREIGNPH