The Philippine Army believes it has foiled an attempt of the New People’s Army to stage an attack on a military outpost in Brgy. Balogo, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental Sunday.
Capt. Cenon Pancito III of the 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office said yesterday that soldiers of the 94th Infantry Battalion were conducting a security patrol, in response to reports from civilians on the presence of armed men, when they spotted a group of armed men.
But the five armed men managed to escape in different directions, leaving behind a KG 9 submachine gun with a magazine containing 24 ammunition, Pancito said.
Lt. Col. Randy Pagunuran, 94IB commander, said the armed men are believed to have been planning to attack the Balogo detachment.
Pagunuran added that residents of the barangay expressed concerns over the NPA recruitment activities in their place.
“We will be relentless in our operations; we will give them no chance of recruiting the innocent children to do the dirty work for them,” Pagunuran said, stressing also that exploiting the youth’s innocence to turn them into criminals is tantamount to violation of Republic Act 7610 which provides children with special protection against exploitation.*
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