Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar – The relentless conduct of pursuit operations by the troops of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army in the tri-boundary of Samar provinces resulted to an encounter in the early morning of October 6, 2010.
In a report by Lieutenant Colonel Joel Paloma, Commanding Officer of 63IB based in Barangay Opong, Catubig, Northern Samar, states that operating troops under 2lt. Mendez PA, received an information volunteered by a barangay resident that armed men believed to be CTs are resting at the forested area of Brgy Cagbanaba, Jipapad, Eastern Samar. The troops proceeded to the said area and caught the enemy by surprise. Firefight ensued for more or less ten minutes followed by a running gun battle that forced the enemy to withdraw towards different directions. The platoon scoured the area and recovered the following: two M16 armalite rifles, medical equipment, one solar charger, one solar florescent light, colored computer printer, five pieces ballast for florescent bulb, carpentry materials and subversive documents. The government troops suffered no casualty while undetermined on the enemy side.
The recent accomplishments by the 8ID troops against the NPAs in the area of Samar have disrupted their command and control and communication. The government troops has dislodged them from their guerilla camps and cut-off their supply support lines. The discovery and seizure of the earlier reported camps in heavy forested areas in the tri-boundary of Samar province was made possible by the information provided by local populace and is a clear indication that enemy revolutionary organization has already alienated the people and the communities where they got their support through their forced extortion activities.
Major General Mario F Chan, Chief of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army commended the soldiers for a job well done. He likewise extends his thanks to the people of Brgy Cagbanaba, Jipapad, Eastern Samar for the timely information provided to the soldiers. General Chan also calls for the fleeing Communist Terrorists to lay down their arms in order to once again live a decent and normal lives along with their families.#####