The Chief of Staff, Gen Eduardo Año, while visiting troops of 101st Infantry Bde of the 10th Inf Division at Maco, CVP, revealed in a statement that around 7am today Army elements from 47IB led by 2LT Estelito Saldua, along with members of the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO), the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) and the PIB, while acting on received intelligence information, encountered a group of heavily armed lawless elements at So Ilaya, Brgy Napo, Inabanga, Bohol.

The security operation was launched in relation to the monitored presence of ten (10) armed men with three (3) pump boats along the riverside of So Ilaya, Brgy Napo in the area of Inabanga, Bohol. The information came from alert residents and other citizens who were watching over their respective communities.

Security forces reported that the armed group is well armed with heavy caliber weapons but now cornered in an isolated section of the sitio.

Additional forces from the Army, Air Force and the Navy are now onsite to assist engaged AFP personnel and law enforcers. Fire fight is still ongoing as of this time.