The peace and order situation in Brgy. Balayong, Pamplona, Negros Oriental, and neighbouring areas is now back to normal, after a recent encounter between 79th Infantry Battalion soldiers and five New People’s Army rebels, its commander, Lt. Col. Harold Anthony Pascua, said yesterday.
Pascua, however, said his troops remain in the area to secure the community against the fleeing rebels.
The encounter on April 3 claimed the lives of two suspected rebels and led to the capture of Jessie Dacaldacal, an alleged vice commander of the Sentro De Grabidad Platoon of the South East Front, Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros.
Five high-powered firearms and an M-20 grenade launcher were also recovered at the encounter site, and the cadavers of two slain rebels.
Pascua said his troops are still pursuing of the fleeing rebels.
Dacaldacal was brought by his Army captors to a hospital in Dumaguete City, after he was accorded with first aid treatment by medical personnel of the 79th Infantry Battalion.
The captured rebel leader had sustained gunshot wounds in the neck and chest, when he was found by Army soldiers.* GPB
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