Recover items during the firefight between 81IB Troopers and NPA Rebels at vicinity Brgy Madarang, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur last September 23, 2017 at 01:30 pm.
A soldier was slightly wounded while an undetermined number of suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were reportedly injured in an encounter at the outskirt village of Barangay Madarang, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur.
"Exhausted from the repeated extortions conducted by NPA rebels in the remote area of Ilocos Sur, the people in the community provided vital information to our troopers regarding the location and whereabouts of said rebels; and in response, our troops conducted intensive military operations against Platun South Ilocos Sur (Platun SIS).
We are appealing to all sectors of the society, especially to our local elected officials, to cooperate with their government security forces. It is not just us, the Army that will solve this insurgency, but all of us. What we are doing is not just for ourselves but for the people of Ilocos Sur, and the Filipino people, as a whole," Lieutenant Colonel Eugenio Julio C Osias, commander of the army’s 81st Infantry Battalion said.