CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MIKE BAÑOS / November 10) Army troopers from the 26th Infantry Battalion recovered two (2) M16 Armalite rifles, magazines and ammunition following a two-minute encounter with suspected communist rebels in Sitio Bantayan, Barangay Dagumbaan, Maramag, Bukidnon around 5:0AM Thursday.
Elements of the 26th IB under Lt. Col. Benjamin Madrigal and the 23rd CAFGU Cadre Battalion under Lt. Col. Rolando Manalo engaged the suspected rebels believed to be from SECOM 1, Front Committee 6 of Northern Mindanao Regional Committee (NMRC) of the CPP/NPA/NDF under alias Boboy. Field reports filed by Madrigal indicated the suspected rebels suffered several casualties.
Earlier, Army troopers who figured in an encounter with a platoon of suspected communist rebels Monday, November 6, 2006 at Sitio Upper Nabangkal, Barangay Magkalungay, San Fernando, Bukidnon stumbled into an abandoned camp at Upper Kisayab, Barangay Bonacao of the same municipality.
Maj. Samuel C. Sagun, Chief of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry 'Diamond' Division Civil Military Operations (CMO) said the report was filed by 403rd Infantry Brigade commander Col. Florante Martinez with 4th ID Chief Brig. Gen. Jose Barbieto after a platoon of the brigade's 26th Infantry Battalion figured in a five-minute firefight with the suspected rebels. No casualties were reported on either side.
Martinez' reported that the abandoned enemy encampment contained twenty-three (23) bunkers capable of accommodating some seventy personnel. Recovered from the scene were three (3) back packs, one (1) piece handcuff, three (3) rounds live M16 ammunitions and one (1) round M14 ammunition from the area that was believed to have been abandoned three (3) days ago.
Meantime, Sagun said a former liaison of the Front Committee 2IB under Ka Salem surrendered to the commanding officer of the 30th Infantry Battalion in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur last Friday, November 3, 2006. Sagun identified the surrenderee as Oscar Pagios alias Ka Ramos, 24 years old and a resident of Bgy. Del Carmen, Bayugan 1, Agusan del Sur. He also surrendered his issued firearm, an M16 with a defaced serial number and is now in protective custody.