Army in Es­calante NPA clash get medals

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SOL­DIERS who en­coun­tered the sus­pected rebels in Es­calante City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal two weeks ago were rec­og­nized on Novem­ber 26 in rites held at the 79th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (IB) head­quar­ters in Barangay Bato, Sa­gay City.

Colonel Bene­dict Arevalo, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 303rd In­fantry Brigade (Ibde) based in Mur­cia town, awarded the mem­bers of the 79th IB and 6th Spe­cial Ac­tion Force (SAF) of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) with mil­i­tary com­men­da­tion medals.

Arevalo said: “As a com­man­der, I want to en­sure that my troops will al­ways be in the high­est state of morale by giv­ing them medals and due recog­ni­tion for what they’ve worked hard for be­cause well­mo­ti­vated troops can eas­ily win the cam­paign against the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA).”

The SAF per­son­nel were also rec­og­nized as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the gov­ern­ment forces’ strong col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mit­ment to put an end to NPA’S ex­tor­tion and vi­o­lence in the prov­ince.

“The army and po­lice in Ne­gros will con­tinue to strengthen col­lab­o­ra­tion to fight the ter­ror­ist NPAS,” Arevalo said.

On Novem­ber 16, mil­i­tary troop­ers and SAF per­son­nel en­gaged in a fire­fight with sus­pected rebels at Barangay Wash­ing­ton, which re­sulted in the re­ported deaths of two rebels.

Fol­low­ing the re­ported sight­ings of armed men in the vil­lage, the mil­i­tary con­ducted clear­ing op­er­a­tions in the area when they en­coun­tered about 10 al­leged NPA mem­bers, who were re­port­edly seek­ing refuge at one of the houses./ GYM

BROWN EA­GLE

COLONEL Bene­dict Arevalo, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the Army’s 303rd In­fantry Brigade, pins a medal to one of the troop­ers who en­coun­tered the sus­pected rebels in Es­calante City two weeks ago.

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