Brigadier General Orlando Edralin, the Commander of the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade, awarded a Wounded Personnel Medal to a soldier assigned to the 79th Infantry Battalion in a hospital in Bacolod City on April 7.
The soldier, whose name was withheld for security reasons, was wounded in action (WIA) during a clash with the remnants of the Northern Negros Front (NNF) on Thursday afternoon, April 6, 2023, in the vicinity of Sitio Seraje, Barangay San Isidro, Toboso, Negros Occidental.
The encounter took place after local residents provided information that foiled the New People’s Army (NPA) terroristic activities such as extortion and recovery operations in Northern Negros.
Government troops seized several war materials, including two (2) homemade shotguns; two (2) magazines for shotgun; two (2) live ammos for shotgun; six (6) packs medicine kits; six (6) hammocks; two (2) pairs of rainboots; one (1) cellphone battery; personal belongings and subversive documents with high intelligence value. Civilian witnesses also reported that there are several wounded NPAs fleeing the encounter site.
Edralin expressed his pride in the soldiers’ dedication and sacrifices to safeguard fellow Filipinos and the country. He commended the efforts of the officers and troops of the 79th IB, who acted immediately upon receiving the locals’ information.
The clash in Toboso was a significant victory for the government troops, who foiled the NPA’s extortion and recovery activities in Northern Negros.
Edralin said the locals’ continued support was greatly appreciated by the 303rd Infantry Brigade as the brigade continues to reiterate its call for the remaining NPA terrorists to surrender and avail of the government’s E-CLIP program, which would assist them in reintegrating into society with their families.