Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) reported the death of seven NPA members during follow-up operations in Camarines Sur and Quezon provinces.
“The encounter ensued on March 7, 2017 at around 1:05 PM between 83rd Infantry Battalion (83IB) and 20 NPAs at Brgy Tabgon, Goa, Camarines Sur and recovered three (3) NPAs killed including three (3) .45 Cal pistol and materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) with one (1) CAA slightly wounded identified as Solomon Biviro,” SOLCOM said. As troops of 83IB continued the offensive two AK47 rifle, one M16 rifle, one M203 grenade launcher, and NPA documents were recovered.
SOLCOM said three NPAs who were killed are yet to be identified. While a wounded CAA is now at Camp Elias Angeles Station Hospital for medical assistance.
Meanwhile, four still unidentified NPAs were killed after a 30-minute firefight between troops of 2nd Jungle Fighter Company of 85th Infantry Battalion (85IB) and 20 NPAs on March 7, 2017 at around 2:00 PM at Sitio Umagos, Brgy Camplora, San Andres near the boundary of Brgy. Mabunga, San Francisco, Quezon.
SOLCOM commander Lieutenant General Ferdinand F. Quidilla said that the AFP will continue to conduct military offensive operation as a punitive action in order to pursue these lawless NPA members who continue to conduct violent attacks against the soldiers and the public.
The AFP appeals to the members of the NPA to engage in a localized peace talks and encourage them to ask for the help of the third party sectors if they decided to negotiate at the grassroots level.
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