File photo shows Army soldiers resting after a combat training exercise in the field. (Photo by Lt Col Harold M Cabunoc)
TANJAY CITY- Four members of the New People's Army bandit group were killed after engaging the Army soldiers in a series of firefight in Sitio Pitawa, Sto. Nino village of this city on Saturday, May 24, at around 4:00 pm.
Lt Col Harold Anthony Pascua, the Commanding Officer of the Army's 79th Infantry Battalion dispatched a platoon of soldiers upon receiving a 'hot info' about the presence of heavily armed bandits.
"They were approaching the bandits' reported location when they were met with automatic fires. My troops retaliated and assaulted their positions, prompting them to flee," said Pascua.
"My soldiers pursued the bandits who dragged their wounded and dead comrades. The bandits were forced to leave behind four of their dead and one of their M16 Rifles," said Pascua.
The soldiers had transported the cadavers of the bandits to the village center for proper identification.
"These are our fellow Filipinos who are misguided by their leaders. I am saddened by their deaths but we have to do our job of protecting the people against their criminal acts," said Pascua.
One soldier named Cpl Melbert Dapilaga was slightly wounded. He was immediately treated by the combat medic who was part of the patrol.
To ensure that they get immediate medical attention during firefights, the Army has issued Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) for every soldier and the Combat Life Saver Kit (CLSK) at the platoon level.