CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Gamu, Isabela – Troops from the 54th Infantry Battalion, recovered two high powered firearms after a 15-minute fire fight with 10 Communist-New People’s Army – Terrorist (CNT) members belonging to Kilusan Larangang Guerilla Ifugao, Nona Del Rosario Command at Sitio Hiblang, Binablayan, Tinoc, Ifugao around 11:30 in the evening on October 6, 2018.
The troops recovered one Caliber.30 Garand Rifle, one Carbine Rifle’ one Blue Euro 150cc Motorcycle and 40 pieces of spent shells of M16 and Garand rifles. No casualties on the side of the government while the CNT believed to have sustained casualties by the presence of blood in their exit route.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Narciso L Nabulneg Jr, Battalion Commander, 54IB, his unit received an information from civilian that a group of CNTs was conducting extortion activities at Hiblang Village.
“We send troops to verify the information given by civilians that a group of CNTs was sighted conducting extortion activities at Sitio Hablang. A 15-minute fire fight ensued when the CNT detected the approaching soldiers.” LTC Nabulneg Jr said.
“After the encounter, we received an information from civilians that a Black Starex bearing plate number UPK 710 was used as the CNT getaway vehicle towards Hungduan town of Ifugao Province.” LTC Nabulneg Jr added.
Major General Perfecto M Rimando Jr, Commander, 5ID commended the troops of 54IB for the successful operations.
“I commend the 54IB for their successful operations against the CNTs in Ifugao. We cannot make these recoveries without the support of the people of Tinoc. Therefore, let us intensify our Community Support Program, and information dissemination to lift the understanding of the people about the government programs to them. Likewise, inform the people about the deceptive strategies of the CNTs. MGen Rimando Jr, added.
The recovered FAs still in the custody of the 54IB for documentation.