Two government soldiers were injured in clashes in Kalinga

CAMP MELCHOR DELA CRUZ, Gamu, Isabela – Two members of the Philippine Army were injured in separate gun battles in Kalinga province on Friday.

Major Rigor Pamittan, spokesman for the PA 5th Infantry Division, said Saturday that the wounded soldiers were identified as Cpl. Jonard Addatu and Pvt. First Class Rojemar Cuyen, both from the 98th Infantry Battalion, based in Kalinga.

The encounters took place in Barangay Balbalan itself and in Barangay Balantoy in Balbalan, where government soldiers also seized various weapons and war items.

Seized war materials Photo shows M14 Armalite, Springfield and M16 Armalite rifles, which were recovered by government soldiers of the 103rd Infantry Battalion and the 98th Infantry Battalion (both under the 503rd Infantry Brigade of the 5th Infantry Division) during separate firefights with communist rebels in Kalinga province on May 31, 2024. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY 5TH INFANTRY DIVISION

Army soldiers under the 103rd Infantry Battalion and the 98th Infantry Battalion, both under the 503rd Infantry Brigade of the 5th Infantry Division, engaged in gun battles with 10 communist rebels from Komiteng Larangang Guerrilla Baggas in Balbalan Proper on May 31 around 10:30 am.

An M14 Armalite Rifle, a Springfield Rifle, various weapons, two improvised explosive devices (IED), blasting equipment and personal belongings were seized from the Balbalan Proper battlefield.

The brief battle was followed by another skirmish around 1 p.m. in the village of Balantoy, where the two soldiers – Cpl. Addatu and Pvt. First Class Cuyen – were injured.

Here the government soldiers found an M16 Armalite rifle, a backpack, an IED, explosion hats, medicines, anti-government documents and personal items.