Troops of the 94th Infantry Battalion with the 302nd Brigade reportedly clashed with about seven members of the New People’s Army in Sitio Suli, Barangay Talalak, Santa Catalina in Negros Oriental, at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday.
There was no casualty on the government’s side, the Army reported, but they could not determine whether there were injuries or fatalities on the part of the NPA.
The soldiers were conducting a combat operation when they exchanged fire with the suspected rebels for about five minutes, a report from the Army’s 94IB said yesterday.
The NPA fighters scampered to different directions, leaving behind six pieces of M203 ammunition, four ammunition of shotgun, a magazine of an M-16 rifle, combat boots, a black shirt, and jogging pants, the report showed.
It added that the incident was an offshoot of reports about the presence of the NPA by residents in the hinterlands of Barangay Talalak who said they were against the extortion and harassment activities of the rebels in their community.
LTC Randy Pagunuran, commanding officer of 94IB, said the incident is a clear manifestation that the residents of Barangay Talalak are getting tired of the communist-terrorists and are not welcoming them.*
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