Camp Siongco Awang Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao—Combined elements of the 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion of 6ID and the 27th Infantry Battalion of 10ID seized the largest NPA guerilla base in the boundary between Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato, after a two-pronged attack that commenced at dawn on Dec 3 (Sunday).
The firefight erupted at past noon when NPA terrorists engaged the troops of 27IB near a terrorist cave hideout in Sitio Datal Bonglangon, Ned village, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Two soldiers from 27IB paid the ultimate sacrifice in the initial clash, while 7 insurgents were killed in the running gunbattle that ensued.
The combined troops recovered 1 carbine, 1 9mm ingram, 3 12 gauge shotgun , 1 single shot shotgun and and subversive documents in the seized encampment.
At around 10:30am on December 4, troops of 33IB led by Lt Col Harold Cabunoc, accompanied by tribal elders, entered Datal Bonglangon to treat the wounded insurgent named Jeffrey Denian, 18.
Datu Dandee Denian, a tribal leader from Tulale village, confirmed that among those killed were Datu Victor Denian and two of the latter’s sons who reinforced the NPA terrorists.
Lt Col Cabunoc has arranged a tribal burial rite for the dead insurgents who all belong to the Dulangan Manobo.
At around 3:00 pm of same day, 10 NPA members of Platoon Arabo of Guerilla Front 73 surrendered to Lt Col Cabunoc in the presence of Datu Tony Paan and Sto Nino village chairman Hon. Julieto Ynion. The simple ‘Balik Tribo’ surrender rite was held in Sitio Bermuda, about a kilometer away from the seized NPA camp.
The number of New People’s Army who surrendered to the government troops in Sultan Kudarat has now reached to 86.
The Makabayan Peace Advocacy Team of 33rd IB is currently engaging tribal communities in Sto. Niño village to win their support against the communist terrorists.
Major General Arnel Dela Vega, Commander of 6ID, said that aside from the sustained military operations in the area, massive awareness campaign was also undertaken in the indigent communities to expose the deceptive propaganda used by the NPA in their recruitment of Indigenous Peoples (IPs).