Army, NPA clash anew in Davao Oriental

A 20-MINUTE gunfight occurred between the military and the New People's Army (NPA) on Saturday afternoon, July 15, in Lupon town, Davao Oriental.

Commanding officer of the 28th Infantry Batallion, Ramon Zagala, said his men had an armed encounter against 40 rebels from Southeastern Committee (SECOM) 18 and Pulang Bagani Command 6 led by Alyas Do at So Kirantik, Marayag village, in Lupon.

No government forces were injured during the encounter and the NPA scampered to escape the operating troops.

The encounter resulted to the recovery of one M14, one improvised explosive device, one magazine for M14, four magazine for AK 47, 50 blasting caps, one rifle grenade, fifty meters wire and another one hundred meters wire, personal belongings, medical paraphernalia, and subversive document with high intel value.

According to the report, troops acted on information received from the community that the NPAs were massing up in the hinterlands of Marayag.

Zagala said that the encounter is a manifestation of the community’s support to the AFP to be free from NPA influence.