In an encounter on Friday, November 12, operating troops from the 2nd Infantry Division’s 85th Infantry Battalion neutralized a CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) in Barangay Gitnang Barrio, Gumaca, Quezon.
An M16 rifle, an M653 rifle, an improvised explosive device, medical kit and assorted medicines, two backpacks containing personal items, 77 pieces of 5.56 mm bullets, a magazine, and subversive documents were recovered during the ensuing gunfight between 85IB troops and communist-terrorists belonging to Platoon Reymark. On the side of 85IB, no casualties were reported.
According to newly installed 85IB commander Lt. Col. Erwin Comendador, the unit has begun pursuit operations against remaining communists-terrorists operating in the area.
Lt. Col. Comendador urged the remaining CNTs to surrender their arms and return to the folds of the law. He credited the community’s and the Barangay Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s support for the operation’s success.
In a series of recent media interviews, Army Commanding General and AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Andres Centino stated that the Philippine Army is committed to ending the decades-long insurgency problem by the 2022 deadline set by the Commander-in-Chief.