Soldiers of the 11 th Infantry Battalion recovered guns and ammunition after an encounter with a group of suspected New People's Army rebels in Sitio Kabudburan, Brgy. Amontay, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, yesterday.
1Lt. Von Ryan Gomez, 11IB Civil Military Operations officer, said the Army troopers were conducting a security patrol in the place, when by suspected armed rebels, fired at them triggering about five minutes of firefight.
Gomez said the fleeing rebels left behind a 357 caliber revolver with six ammunition, a homemade 12 gauge shotgun with a magazine containing a live ammunition, and a back pack containing personal belongings and subversive documents that were recovered at the encounter site.
Soldiers pursuing the fleeing rebels, who dispersed into small groups, also noticed traces of bloodstains along their withdrawal routes, indicating that they had suffered casualties in the brief gunbattle, he added.
No casualty was reported on the government side.
Two days earlier, a squad-sized unit of Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit led by a certain Cpl. Galapin, also encountered seven suspected rebels in Sitio Bulabog, Brgy. Tanlad, Tayasan, Negros Oriental.
Gomez said the rebels, split into two groups and fled towards Sitio Pagatanan and Lantad proper, leaving behind a .45 caliber pistol with six ammunition at the encounter site.
Lt. Col. Paulito Idul,11IB commander, said in a statement he issued that the two recent encounters in Tayasan, Negros Oriental, and Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, have proven that the rebels are no longer enjoying the support of the people, who have been reporting their presence to government troops.
Idul also expressed his gratitude to the civilians for their continued support to the 11IB, and urged everyone to continue supporting the peace and security efforts of the Philippine Army, especially in central Negros.*GPB