Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – October 01, 2022
Troops of the 97th and 42nd Infantry Battalions encountered more or less 10 members of the communist terrorist group in Barangay Balok, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte on September 29, 2022.
The encounter lasted shortly after which the enemies withdrew bringing along their casualties with them.
While scouring the encounter site, operating troops recovered enemy propaganda materials and personal belongings. Blood stains were also visible in the area.
Operating troops continue to pursue the fleeing enemies.
“Troops sustain the conduct of security operations in the province. They are continuously targeting the remaining strongholds of the enemies of the state,” Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said. “As much as we want to end conflicts peacefully, we will continue to intensify our operations against those who remain indoctrinated with false ideologies.”