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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012


19th IB seals off NPA lairs in Leyte towns

KANANGA, Leyte, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- The 19th Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, successfully conducted a three-day combat operations to seal off identified NPA lairs in the hinterlands of Leyte towns.

Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro S. Nacnac, commanding officer, said that no firefight occurred during the combat operations. Not being tactically engaged implies that NPA rebels in Leyte have moved out of their lairs, but the military will not stop until their organization is decimated, the commanding officer said.

“That operation was conducted to reinforce the gains of Leyte after being declared Manageable Conflict-Affected and Development Ready province on December 8 last year. It was launched to tell the remaining NPA’s that they have no place here in Leyte”, Lt. Col. Nacnac stressed.

Prior to the operations, Nacnac engaged and called the support of the local chief executives in the area of operation of 19th IB. With the consensus of the political leaders, Nacnac was confident he can accomplish his mission while winning the peace in Leyte.

Lt. Col. Nacnac in his first day as battalion commander of 19th IB, has ordered his troops to respect human rights at all times, especially during combat operations. With that guidance, he expects full support from the populace in their cause.

Lt. Col. Nacnac reiterated that ‘Bayanihan’ continues despite the manageability of the situation in Leyte.

“There will be no let-up in our peace and development operations. Meanwhile focused military operations will also be conducted to totally eliminate the remnants of Front Committee-Leyte. We just hope that we can compel them to surrender by sealing their lairs.” Nacnac concluded.

19th IB is confronting the remnants of Front Committee-Leyte that operates in the province particularly the tri-boundaries of Carigara, Jaro and Tunga. (PIA 8)

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