Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) fighters were captured following a firefight in Sitio Sagpang, Barangay Datagan, Guipos town, Zamboanga Del Sur Friday afternoon
In a statement forwarded by Capt. Franco Suelto, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, Sunday, the incident took place 2: 45 p.m. as troopers of their 53rd Infantry Battalion was conducting routine security patrols in the area.
He added the firefight lasted for three minutes which resulted in no casualties for government forces.
As rebel forces retreated, two suspected NPA fighters identified as Wilfredo Damulos and Edgar Cadilansa, were captured by government troopers.
Seized from their possession were one Ingram M-11 9mm auto-pistol, 52 rounds of ammunition and one hand grenade.
Suelto said the two were immediately turned-over to the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Police Office for filing of appropriate charges.
“It is unfortunate that the two captured individual believed and supported an irrelevant ideology that espouses armed struggle when peace is only the way to progress and development. We are calling the local NPAs in Zamboanga Peninsula to lay down their arms and avail the AFP Gun for Peace and Comprehensive Local Integration Program so they can return to normal lives and live peacefully in mainstream society. Let us give peace a chance, “ he concluded. PNA