CAMP LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN,
SAMAR - On 15 June 2005 at around 8:30 P.M., 8ID troops
under the overall supervision of LTC Edito Nisnisan, Commanding
Officer of 34IB, while on combat operations against a reported
enemy camp, encountered more or less thirty (30) Communist
Terrorists (CTs) at vicinity Brgy Cristina, an interior barangay
of Jiabong, Samar resulting to the killing of four Communist
Terrorists (CTs) and the unfortunate demise of one (1) child.
Their cadavers were brought to Jiabong town for proper disposition.
Cadavers of the NPA killed during the encounter
Based on the reports forwarded to the 8th Infantry
Division, the troops recovered one (1) M16 and one (1) M14
rifle. Also recovered from the scene of the encounter were
subversive documents of high intelligence value and personal
belongings. No government troops were injured while undetermined
on the enemy side as seen from the bloodstains in their route
of withdrawal. It was learned that one of the casualties is
a barangay councilor of the said barangay while the barangay
chairman was also monitored as one of those wounded during
the said encounter. The still unidentified child was with
the CTs when the encounter happened.
The encounter is a result of the reports made
by the local residents thereat complaining about the extortion
and harassment acts of the CTs in their area. This is also
in confirmation of the information volunteered by the NPA
surrenderees who are cooperating well with government authorities
as they are already fed up of the broken promises of good
life as promised by CPP/NPA leaders, as well as the reports
that elected government officials are supporting the CTs'
This information is a clear manifestation that
the Philippine Army has the support of the people contrary
to the claims of the CTs. With this development, the troops
are now closing in on the different havens of the CTs so they
could not continue with their extortion and terroristic acts.
Elements of the 34th Infantry Battalion are
still conducting pursuit operations against the fleeing rebels
as there are reports that the CTs suffered many casualties
during the said encounter.
In a belated report, elements of 14th Infantry
Battalion under LTC Claudio Neri, while on security operations
last 13 June 2005 at around 10:00 A.M., encountered more or
less twenty (20) Communist Terrorists (CTs) at vicinity in
between Brgys Lim-ao and Yabon of Hinabangan, Samar where
the troops recovered one (1) M14 rifle and one magazine with
twenty rounds of ammunition. Again, no government troops were
injured while undetermined on the enemy side.
Maj Gen Jovito S Palparan Jr, the Commanding
General of the 8th Infantry Division is expecting more engagements
with the CTs as he directed all subordinate units to conduct
continuous operations against the CPP/NPA in order to protect
the civilian populace from their terroristic acts.
On the other hand, General Palparan is calling
all CPP/NPA members to bring down their firearms, return to
the folds of the law and live a peaceful life