CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – A rebel was killed while assorted war materials were recovered after troops under 87th Infantry Battalion based at Calbiga, Samar encountered New People’s Army (NPA) members at Barangay Buluan, Calbiga, Samar at around 6 a.m. yesterday.
Initial report reaching the 8th Infantry Division Headquarters from Lt. Col. George M. Domingo, Commanding Officer of the 87IB, revealed that troops led by 1Lt. Verniel D. Semblante were conducting peace and security operations at Barangay Buluan when they encountered more or less 15 NPA rebels in an enemy encampment.
The enemy camp has 18 enemy bunkers with one classroom and a multipurpose hall. The encounter lasted for five minutes after which the NPAs scampered to several directions.
The encounter resulted to the killing of one unidentified NPA rebel who was left behind by his comrades.
Three soldiers, namely: Cpl Jonas C. Autor, Pfc Nico C. Basibas and Pfc Mark Anthony M. Ramasta were wounded during the firefight.
The troops also recovered 200 rounds of K3 squad automatic weapon ammunition, one binocular, one memory card and other subversive documents with high intelligence value. Pursuit operation is still ongoing as of press time.
“The success encounter at Barangay Buluan is the result of good partnership between the 87IB and the local populace in safeguarding their community. Their efforts in reporting the presence of the armed NPAs in the area manifest their genuine desire to help in attaining peace in their barangay,” Domingo said.
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, 8ID Commander, expressed his appreciation to the operating troops of the 87IB for their dedication and commitment in safeguarding the communities against the rebels.
Further, he reiterated the government’s call for non-violence, for the rebels to return to the mainstream society, and for them to take advantage of the government’s reconciliation programs.
Two of the wounded personnel are now recuperating at Camp Lukban Station Hospital and one at Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Hospital in Tacloban City. They are in stable condition.