ZAMBOANGA

Soldier injured in clash with NPA rebels

A SOLDIER was wounded in a clash that ensued while responding to the reported presence of New people's Army (NPA) rebels in a remote village in Misamis Occidental, officials said.

Lieutenant Colonel Ray Tiongson, commander of the Army's 10th Infantry Battalion, said the clash happened Sunday, July 29, when the troops launched a combat in response to reports from concerned citizens that a group of NPA rebels was forcing the residents of Lalud village in Don Victoriano Chiongbian town, Misamis Occidental, to procure food for them.

Tiongson said the firefight lasted for about 15 minutes after which the NPA rebels fled.

He said a soldier was wounded during the firefight. The wounded soldier was immediately extricated from the clash site and provided with immediate medical intervention.

Colonel Leonel Nicolas, commander of the Army's 102nd Infantry Brigade, has ordered the troops to continue the pursuit against the NPA rebels to seek justice for the terrorist activities they have done in the province of Misamis Occidental.

"Let us continue to exploit our tactical gains for the people of Misamis Occidental to be freed from terrorism," Nicolas said.

Meanwhile, Major General Generoso Ponio, commander of the Army's 1st Infantry "Tabak" Division, assured the public that they are on top of the situation.

"The Tabak Division has mobilized its available units and assets to assist the 10IB with its ongoing operations," Ponio said.

"Likewise, we will be assisting our wounded personnel for his medical needs to facilitate his fast recovery," Ponio added. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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