PLACER, Surigao del Norte – Two Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army terrorists (CNTs) were found dead in an encounter with troops from 30th Infantry (PYTHON) Battalion in the outskirts of Sitio Little Baguio, Barangay Payapag, Bacuag, here,January 25.
Soldiers from 30IB were conducting security operations in response to a report from a concerned citizen on the presence of NPAs in said Sitio. When troops arrived in the area, they encountered an estimated 30 fully armed terrorists of Guerilla Front 16 (GF16) of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Command (NEMRC), led by Alias JD/Bern.
The firefight lasted for one hour and 30 minutes after which the CNTs scampered in different directions. No casualties were reported on government side, while two CNTs, a female and a male, in their 20s were found dead in the encounter site. More of them are believed to be wounded in the clash as blood stains were visible at the withdrawal route.
Currently, cadavers are in Bacuag Funeral Homes and were properly turned over to barangay officials and PNP personnel for proper disposition and identification.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the dead NPA terrorists. It is tragic that up to this moment, there are still people who are blinded by the failed ideology of these terrorists. We have coordinated with the local government unit and our PNP counterparts to help us find their families and ensure that proper burial will be given,”Lieutenant Colonel Allen Raymund Tomas, 30IB Commanding Officer, said.
Moreover, 30IB also overran the CNTs’ lair that can accommodate 50 people and recovered the following war materials: one (1) AK47 rifle, one (1) M16 rifle, one (1) landmine with one hundred (100) meters electrical wire, three (3) magazines of M16, ten (10) magazines of AK47, assorted medicines, personal belongings, and subversive documents.
“Units under 4th Infantry Division (4ID) have never stopped going after the NPA terrorists in our area of responsibility. We have not declared any suspension of operations even during last holiday season, we are determined to end the deception and terrorism brought by CPP – NPA – NDF in the communities. On the other hand, members of the terrorist group who have already realized that they are just being exploited, can still go back to the folds of the law and return to the mainstream society. They can still avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Integration Program (ECLIP) being offered by the government,” Maj Gen Ronald Villanueva, Army’s 4ID Commander said.