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DSWD DROMIC Report #2 on the Armed Conflict in Ayungon, Negros Oriental as of 23 October 2018, 6PM

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At around 0335H 18 October 2018, government troops from the 62nd Infantry Battalion killed an alleged CPPNPA member in an encounter at Sitio Nabali-an, Brgy. Carol-an in the town of Ayungon in Negros Oriental.

According to reports, the firefight lasted for about 40 minutes which also wounded two members from the government and the recovery of two (2) backpacks, two (2) hand-held radios with charger, two (2) magazines of AK-47 with live ammunition, two (2) rifle grenade and subversive documents with high intelligence value.

Commanding Officer of the 62IB said they received and acted upon a report from a concerned citizen on the presence of about fifteen (15) fully-armed members of the terrorist group in the community. While approaching the area, they were fired upon by the terrorist group which prompted them to open fire.

No civilians were hurt in the incident but more than a dozen families fled their homes and took shelter at the barangay hall. Clearing operations by the military in the area is on-going.

Meanwhile, at around 2100H on the same day, two heavy equipments (1 backhoe and 1 road roller) were burned in Brgy. Bolisong in the nearby town of Manjuyod. Initial investigation said that at least 40 armed men believed to be members of the CPP-NPA were spotted nearby. These equipments were used in the on-going road widening project in the area.

1. Status of Affected Families/ Persons

45 families or 235 persons were affected by the armed conflict (see Table 1).