The military engaged some 40 members of the New People’s Army early Wednesday morning in Malinao, Laak, Compostela Valley Province.
According to 1Lt. Irene Rivera, Civil Military Officer of the Army’s 60th Infantry Batallion, the firefight transpired around 4:15 a.m.
In support of the government troops in the encounter, reinforcements from the Platoon Howitzer, Charlie Battery, 2nd Field Altillery Battery provided indirect fire support for the troops.
No soldier was hurt.
Meanwhile, based on what the military said were “visual evidences,” several NPA members were wounded but carted away by their companions. The military has since deployed several checkpoints around the area.
Laak Mayor Antonio Libuangan has called for the activation of an Incident Command Post under the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
The various departments of the municipal government, concerned line agencies and the Civil-Military Operations unit of the military have all been alerted to be ready to deliver immediate assistance to families affected by the hostilities.
Lt. Colonel Emmanuel Canilla, Commander of the 60IB, assured the residents that his troops will strictly follow standard operating procedures, act only on legal orders, and uphold the primacy of human rights, especially those of unarmed civilians and even of captured and surrendering NPAs. Richy Nalagon