PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — The Military has assured mountain resort operators in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental of their security amid latest encounters with communist rebels within the space.
Lt. Col. Nolasco Coderos Jr., commander of the Military’s 97th Infantry Battalion, stated the armed encounters in the previous couple of days in Sergio Osmeña and Piñan cities have been because of the New Folks’s Military guerrillas being constricted by intensified army operations, and never resulting from a harassment operation.
Coderos defined that the rebels have been operating away from their lairs in Misamis Occidental’s aspect of the sprawling Malindang mountain vary and had strayed into Piñan and Osmeña cities.
This gave his troopers the chance to chase after the rebels who then engaged in a firefight in a bid to purchase time for an escape.
Lt. Col. Jose Andre Monje, commander of the tenth Infantry Battalion working in Misamis Occidental, stated they’ve counted 12 remaining rebels within the province, indicating their radically weakening state.
Over at Zamboanga del Norte, Coderos stated solely seven rebels are attempting to take care of holdouts there.
The boundaries of the 2 provinces host what stays of the Western Mindanao Regional Celebration Committee of the Communist Celebration of the Philippines, stated Coderos.
The discount of insurgent presence within the space has given rise to eco-tourism locations round Mt. Malindang.
Lawyer Orlando Salatandre, president of the Mt. Malindang Tourism Federation, expressed gratitude to the efforts of the army in guaranteeing the security of the tourism locations, saying their continued operation creates jobs and different financial alternatives within the communities, therefore serving to tackle poverty.