Camp Aquino, Tarlac City- Troops from Charlie Company of 84th Infantry Batallion, 7th ID, PA have encountered at least fifteen (15) New People’s Army (NPA) led by a certain Joel Manangan alyas RAZUL in Sitio Barat, Brgy Burgos, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija at about 07:25 in the morning of September 20, 2017.
The fire fight lasted until 09:50 am of same day resulting to the wounding in the right leg of one (1) of the operating personnel. On the other hand, the government forces were able to neutralize nine (9) NPAs killed in action, which includes alyas RAZUL, alyas GIAN, alyas BUNSO, alyas ASOK and other five (5) unidentified NPAs personalities. Moreover, a total of nine (9) high-powered firearms were recovered from the encounter site comprising of one (1) AK47, one (1) M14, two (2) M653, and five (5) M16 with one (1) M203 grenade launcher attached to one of the rifles. Eight (8) back packs, containing several subversive documents and personal belongings, were also recovered.
The said group of Communist Terrorist were part of the NPA unit operating in the tri-boundaries of Nueva Ecija, Nueva Viscaya and Eastern Pangasinan conducting hostile activities in the area. Meanwhile, pursuit and clearing operations are still conducted to hunt down the NPA remnants who have withdrawn from the site.
The successful conduct of focused military operations was a result of the information provided by the people being threatened by these communist terrorists. MGEN EMMANUEL SALAMAT, Commander of NOLCOM, congratulated the troops involved, inspiring further all troops to continue protecting the Filipino people and to contribute to national development.