Benedict Arevalo, 303rd IBde
commander, said troops from the 62nd Infantry Battalion (IB) engaged the rebel group for 30 minutes before the rebels retreated, taking their three dead companions with them.
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Arevalo said the 303rd IBde now covers the first to fifth districts of Negros Occidental and first district of Negros Oriental.
The 303rd IBde took operational control over the 62nd Infantry Battalion (IB) and the 79th IB in Negros Occidental, and the 94th IB in Negros Oriental, Arevalo said.
With the change in operational boundaries, the 303rd IBde ceased operational control over the 15th IB, covering the sixth district of Negros Occidental.
Arevalo awarded the 15th IB with a Plaque of Appreciation in recognition for its outstanding service to the 303rd IBde, during his visit at their headquarters in Barangay Tililing, Cauayan town.
Brigadier General Benedict Arevalo, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde
), said the soldiers were conducting combat operations, following reports of the alleged presence of suspected armed men at the said area when the firefight ensued for about an hour.