NSFA, Panacan, Davao City -Troops prevented the burning of heavy equipment being used in the road construction connecting San Fernando Bukidnon and Talaingod Davao Norte after troops of 68th Infantry Battalion encountered NPA bandits in the early morning of Wednesday December 3, 2014 at Barangay Makalungay, San Fernando Bukidnon.
The troops who were responding to the information that NPAs are set to burn the heavy equipment pooled in Makalungay, San Fernando, Bukidnon engaged the forward elements of the bandits in a forty five minute firefight after a landmine explosion that hit a KM450 vehicle of the responding troop.
The skirmish resulted to one NPA killed and recovery of one M653 rifle while the responding troops suffered four killed and three wounded mostly caused by landmine explosion.
The bandits scampered to different directions leaving the equipment intact and undamaged.
Upon his assumption of command as Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, General Aurelio Baladad directed all units under his command to intensify the security of different flagship and other government projects especially those that mainstream the marginalized sector.
Baladad slammed the NPAs for their terroristic and anti-development acts.
“The NPAs are double talking, the projects are for the people, this is for the good of the community that they claim they are fighting for, and yet they continue to sabotage it. These are NPAs who are anti-development the reason why the IPs in the countryside are being marginalized, Baladad said.
“The death of our soldiers securing the project will not be put in vain. This supreme sacrifice they have demonstrated will be the bastion of peace and progress in Eastern Mindanao. While we grieved for their loss we remain steadfast in our quest to achieve our mission for secure and progressive communities of Eastern Mindanao’’ Baladad said further.
Meanwhile 10th Infantry Division has intensified its pursuit and security operations in order to prevent the delay of the development in the area.
Press Release by the EASTMINCOM