The 29th Infantry (Matatag Fighters) Battalion under the 901st Infantry (Fight ‘em) Brigade, 4th Infantry Diamond Division, launched a series of nonstop operations against the weakening force of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs).
It can be recalled that last December 27, 2020, an initial firefight with the NPA, specifically those believed to be members of SYP 16A, GF16, NEMRC under alias @Eman, transpired in the area of Sitio Tinago, Brgy. Baleguian, Jabonga. The firefight resulted in two NPA members’ death and the seizure of two AK47 rifles and other valuable belongings and documents.
A similar encounter happened in the same area on December 29, 2020, where troops recovered assorted magazines and various types of serviceable ammunition for R4, K3, and M203.
In addition, on January 2, 2021, as a response to the information provided by the civilians, Matatag fighters once again had an encounter in the vicinity of So. Cabadiangan, Brgy Jaliobong, Kicharao with more or less seven CNTs believed to be of the same group which the troops previously came across.
After the said encounter, the troops seized the following: one (1) M203 Grenade Launcher, one (1) Small piece of a broken upper receiver, one (1) Bolt carrier of M16 Rifle, one (1) IED Anti-personnel mine, three (3) Yaesu HH Radios
four (4) Blasting caps, one (1) Rifle Grenade, one (1) Detonating Switch, one (1) Stethoscope & AK47 Ammunitions
The troops also seized medicines, personal belongings, and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
The firefight between the government troops and the terrorist group lasted for nine (9) minutes. The enemy being in a disadvantageous position, fled towards the north.
According to Lt. Col Aristotle F Antonio, Acting Commanding Officer of 29IB, “We knew very well that these NPAs have slowly been decreasing in strength and number, and we will continue our intensified operations until they are decimated. We know that the time is already nigh for all of our wayward brothers. And so, our clarion call for all of you remains the same: Surrender now before it becomes too late.
My troops and I will continue to welcome those of you who will choose to surrender. So, come down now and start a new bright year with your family. They are all waiting for you to come back to the fold. Don’t worry. We will help you,” Antonio assured. — Philippine Army