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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


2 soldiers, 14 civilians receive combat award

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Jan 12 -- Two soldiers and 14 civilians of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU), received combat awards: the two military personnel received the “Gold Cross Medal” while the 14 were awarded the Military Merit Medal, January 10

The group gallantly repelled the attack of some 60 fully armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels under the group of aka Marsing (true name unknown), Manuel Anob aka Salem/Masayod, and Adonis Maglasang aka Do/Dali of Guerilla Front 21, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee.

The incident took place at around 4:30 a.m. of January 3 when communist insurgents tried to overrun the San Antonio Patrol Base, Brgy. San Antonio, Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte. The fire fight lasted for almost five hours.

After five hours of gun battle, the troops successfully defended the patrol base which resulted in the recovery of two enemy killed in action, one recovered by their comrades, one M203 grenade launcher, one M16 rifle, 29 magazines loaded with live ammunition for AK-47, one magazine plate for K3, one M16 magazine, one rifle grenade, two gallons of landmine with 500 meters detonating cord used for explosives devices, and assorted ammunition.

The insurgents were forced to withdraw and fled in disarray towards unknown direction, dragging with them their wounded or killed comrades. it believe that more casualties as revealed by the residents in the area.

On the government side, one militiaman was killed identified as Christopher Rara. Two others were wounded namely,Corporal Murphy Haiber, Assistant Detachment Commander; and Dionisio Calbo, barangay official.

Major General Victor A. Felix, army’s 4th Infantry Division Commander, pinned the third highest military award in combat the “Gold Cross Medals” to Sgt. Sixto Duyan, Cpl. Murphy Haiber, and the Military Merit Medals to the 14 CAA members of San Antonio Patrol Base for successfully defended and repulsed the enemy attack.

While the 4ID troops were preoccupied with relief management for the victims of tropical storm Sendong communist guerilla are keep on espousing violence by attacking civilians and detachments. (4CMO/PIA-10)

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