Two sus­pected red fight­ers cap­tured, high-pow­ered firearms re­cov­ered in Palawan clash

Palawan Daily News - - News - By Palawan Daily News

Op­er­at­ing el­e­ments of Western Com­mand’s Joint Task Group South in­tere­cepted two sus­pected mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army and re­cov­ered sev­eral high-pow­ered firearms and am­mu­ni­tions from an en­counter that hap­penened 08 Au­gust 2018 in Si­tio Bayabas, Barangay Quin­lo­gan, Que­zon, Palawan.

While con­duct­ing com­bat pa­trol, JTG South op­er­a­tives led by Ma­rine First Lieu­tenant Joe Luis Asperin en­coun­tered a group of “com­mu­nist ter­ror­ists” un­der Alyas Al­lan and Alyas Boy­wan at around 11:20a.m.

A fire­fight en­sued and lasted for about 45 min­utes re­sult­ing to the re­cov­ery of one M60 ma­chine gun, two M16 ri­fles, one M14 ri­fle, one ban­dolier with 7 loaded mag­a­zines, two cell­phones, two M203 am­mu­ni­tion, and other sub­ver­sive items. There was no ca­su­alty on the side of the gov­ern­ment troops while it is un­de­ter­mined on the en­emy side. At present, the troops are con­duct­ing clear­ing op­er­a­tions in the en­counter area.

“Our fo­cused mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions and com­mu­nity sup­port pro­grams have yielded pos­i­tive re­sults in our ef­forts to dis­man­tle the com­mu­nist ter­ror­ists in the Prov­ince of Palawan. We are grate­ful to our peace part­ners in the com­mu­ni­ties for their co­op­er­a­tion with the au­thor­i­ties that led to this suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion against the ene­mies of peace,” said LtGen Roz­zano D Briguez AFP, Com­man­der of Western Com­mand.

“Our ef­forts are re­lent­ess that’s why we are tire­lessly urg­ing the re­main­ing mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army here in Palawan to just lay down their arms, sur­ren­der and re­turn to the fold of the law. We will help you to start new lives.

But if you will not and chose to sow ter­ror, we will go af­ter you and hope will be far from your sight,” added LtGen Briguez. As Western Com­mand con­tin­ues its cam­paign against the com­mu­nist ter­ror­ists in Palawan, it also sup­ports the gov­ern­ment’s move for lo­cal­ized peace talks and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the En­hanced Com­pre­hen­sive Lo­cal In­te­gra­tion Pro­gram (ECLIP) for for­mer rebels. (PR)

Photo cour­tesy of Western Com­mand

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