NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - "It's an attack on the people".
This was the reaction of Lt. General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., the Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command after armed men believed to be members of the NPA Terrorist burned heavy equipments being used to construct Davao bypass road along Callawa, Buhangin, Davao City early hour of April 1, 2018.
"The incident will not only cause delay to the project that will benefit the people but will also adversely affect the livelihood of the people employed to operate these pieces of equipment," Gen. Madrigal Jr. said.
Relative to this, Gen Madrigal Jr. directed, 10th Infantry Division to go after the perpetrators and bring them to the bar of justice.
Additionally, he directed all units under Eastern Mindanao Command to ensure the safety and prevent the delay of government flagship projects in the Command's area of responsibility as a consequence of terroristic activities of the NPA terrorists.
Meanwhile, other terroristic activities were prevented when troops figured in different encounters in the different areas of Eastern Mindanao during the Holy Week.
On the early morning of March 30, 2018, patrolling troops under 39IB encountered undetermined number of NPA terrorists at So Karan-karan, Brgy Goma, Digos City, while on March 31, 2018, troops from 71IB encountered undetermined number of NPA terrorists at Sitio Tabon-Tabon, Brgy Mambing, New Corrella DDN. The NPA suffered several casualties as evidenced by the bloodstains along their routes of withdrawal. On the other hand, two soldiers, one in each incident, were reported to have been wounded and were evacuated to Naval Station Felix Apolinario Hospital in Panacan, Davao City
On a separate occasion on March 31, 2018, at about 8 o' clock in the morning, troops from 66IB figured in an encounter with NPA terrorists at Sitio Bantuayan, Brgy. Camanlangan, New Bataan, CVP.
Meanwhile, two NPA Terrorists died after a series of encounters with troops under 403rd Infantry Brigade (403Bde) in the outskirts along the boundary of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon on March 30 and 31, 2018. There were three clashes against CNTs that took place, around 1:30PM, 3:15PM and 4:20PM yesterday, March 30, 2018, at Brgy Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental with troops of 65th Infantry Battalion (65IB) and 1st Special Forces Battalion (1SFBn) both under 403Bde.
These successive clashes resulted to the seizure of terrorists' encampment, death of a male terrorist whose identity is yet to be determined as of this release and a recovery of the following: one bandoleer with four magazines and live ammunitions for M16, M14, and AK-47 rifles; 20 meters wire for Improvised Explosive Devise (IED); subversive documents; and personal belongings.
Another skirmish took place on March 31, 2018, around 12:25 PM between the elements of 43rd Division Reconnaissance Company and same group of NPA Terrorists in the same area. The government troops were able to seize one M16 rifle and one Garrand rifle and the recovery of another dead body of an NPA terrorist whose identity is also yet to be determined.