BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur – Two more dead bodies of New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists were recovered by the operating troops of 75th Infantry Marauder Battalion (75IB) as pursuit operations continue in Barangay Bunawan Brook, Agusan del Sur, at 10 in the evening, July 14.
Following the series of skirmishes between the government troops and the terrorist NPAs in the area which resulted to recoveries of two unidentified cadavers and two high powered firearms, another clash occurred last night at Sitio Katipunan, Barangay Bunawan Brook which resulted to the death of two more NPAs of the Guerilla Front 14 under Arnold Orlanes Conejar, alias Jorlan, and the recovery of one (1) AK 47 rifle, one (1) one M16 rifle, one (1) rifle grenade, one hand-held radio, magazines for AK47 and M16 rifles and personal items of the terrorists.
Firefight lasted for about 20 minutes after the pursuing troops tracked down the fleeing terrorists at Sitio Katipunan following the encounters at Sitio Sta Monica on July 13, 2019.
Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Datuin, Commanding Officer of 75IB, underscored that the successful pursuit operations conducted by the 75IB was a result of the intensified effort of his unit to dismantle the NPA’s Guerrilla Front 14 (GF14), combined with the night fighting capability and the tactical proficiency of his troops. “We will continue with our security operations in the area, night and day, to finally dismantle this front. We already have the momentum and I will not stop with these significant results. Again, to all the remaining members of GF14, surrender now when you still can, because we will find you,” Datuin said.
“With these number of casualties and firearms recovered from GF14 in just a week, I can say that we are on the right track in addressing the menace brought by these terrorists in the province. With the decreasing number of NPA terrorists in the brigade’s Area of Responsibility, we can now focus more on supporting the developmental activities of the local government units,” according to Colonel Allan Hambala, Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade.
Based on the report, the two dead terrorists were identified as Albert Ramirez Doron, alias Lucas, and Mendiano Mique Lumano alias Bager, both members of GF14.
The said cadavers were brought to Dolete Funeral Homes in Trento for proper disposition.