Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Gamu, Isabela- – The 50th Infantry Battalion had another clash with the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at So. Matayog, Barangay Baay, Pinukpuk, Kalinga around 10 AM January 23, 2018.
The Government forces suffered two killed in action (KIA) and two wounded in action (WIA), while undetermined on the terrorists’ side, but it is believed that they have suffered casualties. The names of the government casualties were temporarily withheld pending notification of their next of kin.
According to LTC Martin S Daiz Jr, Commanding Officer, 50IB his troops responded on a tip given by the civilians on the presence of the CNTs conducting extortion activities among the populace of the said area, leading to the clash.
Meanwhile, BGen Perfecto M Rimando Jr ordered the immediate evacuation of the wounded soldiers, and at the same time the conduct of pursuit operations against the fleeing CNTs. He said that “There will be no let up in our operations in Kalinga Province until the last CNT is either neutralized or has yielded to the government.”
“We also expressed our deepest sympathy to the family of our soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving the people of Kalinga from the hands of the CNTs. All the benefits intended for them will be received by their families the soonest possible time.” BGen Rimando Jr added.
Additional troops were already deployed to augment the troops of 50IB in pursuing the fleeing CNTs.