The Army’s 2nd Infantry Division welcomes another breakthrough after its troops encountered more or less 20 NPA terrorists in Rizal, Occidental Mindoro on Monday, December 14.
The intense firefight in Sitio Surong, Brgy Aguas, Rizal that lasted 30 minutes led to the death of four NPAs and the recovery of eight high-powered firearms and voluminous enemy documents. This encounter came after concerned citizens prompted the soldiers of the terrorists’ presence in the area. Col Jose Augusto Villareal, Commander of the 203rd Brigade, reported that there were no casualties on the government side.
Villareal said the recent Senate hearings exposing the NPA’s truest nature of deceiving and sowing fear to our people created significance in our campaign to raise awareness and eventually push these terrorists toward their annihilation.
The Occidental Mindoro and Rizal TF-ELCAC’s strong desire to address issues through Serbisyo Caravans, which set foot in Brgy Manoot, a neighboring barangay of Aguas, just three days ago, added a strong factor to this milestone.
For his part, MGen Greg T Almerol, Commander of 2ID, extolled the residents’ bravery and cooperation in the war against insurgency.
“Your bravery fuels your soldiers’ commitment to finally end terrorism in our country. Together, we will surely bring down this barrier that prevents our nation from achieving peace and progress.”
Almerol also offered his condolences to the families left behind by those who died during the encounter.
“No family should have to suffer like this. To those who are still bearing arms, please abandon this senseless armed struggle and make use of the government’s E-CLIP program to help you rebuild your new life with your families,” added Almerol.
Since 2019, 2ID has continued its commitment to defending Southern Tagalog with the recovery of 202 firearms and the fall of 568 NPAs across its area of responsibility. — Philippine Army