Camp Aquino, Tarlac City- An encounter transpired between Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) troopers from the 84th Infantry Battalion of the 7th Infantry Division and New People’s Army (NPA) at 7:15 in the morning, December 13, 2017, in Sitio Dalipawen, Barangay Bunga, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.
While conducting combat operations, 84th IB troops chanced on a group ten (10) NPA Communist Terrorists resulting to a fire fight that lasted for about fifteen (15) minutes. After which, the NPA Criminal Group withdrew towards Northeast direction. Two (2) M16 rifles, two (2) magazines for M16 Rifle, one (1) sweatshirt and foodstuffs were recovered from the encounter site. Moreover, no casualty was incurred by the NOLCOM troopers while undetermined number on the side of the NPA criminals.
In a separate incident, one (1) homemade shotgun with two (2) ammunitions and one (1) homemade Calibre 30 pistol were retrieved as a result of a follow-up operation conducted last December 11, 2017 in Sitio Pantol, Barangay Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac. This was a positive development after Ricardo David Morales, a surrenderee during the previous operation, cooperated with the 32nd Mechanized Infantry Company, 3rd Mechanize Infantry Battalion. The firearms were voluntarily handed-over by Morales, which were hidden in his farm house.
NOLCOM will continue to provide support to Law Enforcement Operations respecting the Human Rights, ensure adherence to the Rue of Law and observance of International Humanitarian Law. NOLCOM troops will persistently keep the enemy on the run and outbalanced by conducting aggressive, relentless and focused military operations (FMO) in identified NPA lairs in the areas of North and Central Luzon.