SAGAY CITY, Negros Occidental – Three (3) members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist were killed in a clash with troops of the Army’s 79 th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion in Calatrava, Negros Occidental at about 5:30 in the afternoon, April 17, 2019.
After receiving several reports from the concerned local populace who are complaining about the extortion activities of the CPP-NPA Terrorist in the area, Lieutenant Colonel Emelito Thaddeus Logan, the Battalion Commander of 79IB, immediately deployed his troops to conduct security patrol at the vicinity of Sitio Banwa Minatay, Brgy Marcelo of the said town where they encountered more or less Twelve (12) communist-terrorists.
The firefight lasted for about 30 minutes. After which, the enemy scampered towards different direction. The troops recovered three (3) abandoned bodies of slain CPP-NPA terrorists and several high powered firearms and other war materials including One (1) AK 47 rifle, One (1) M16 rifle, Seven (7) AK47 magazines with live ammunitions, Five (5) M16 magazines with live ammunitions, Four (4) M14 magazines with live ammunitions, Three (3) Rifle grenades, two (2) handheld radios, backpacks, personal belongings and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
LTC Logan confirmed that one of his soldiers was slightly wounded and is now in stable condition.
Meanwhile, the cadavers of the slain communists-terrorists were turned-over to PNP and LGU-Calatrava for proper disposition.
LTC Logan stressed “The recent encounter is a manifestation that the communities are tired with the extortion activities of the CPP-NPA Terrorist. They gave us reliable information on the exact location of the communist-terrorist organization which resulted to the successful neutralization of their members.”
Despite the recent encounter, Logan encouraged the remaining members of the CPP- NPA Terrorist to abandon armed struggle and avail the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for them to start a new and peaceful life.
Further, he called on other communities in the area to do the same to prevent the CPP- NPA Terrorist from casting more terror. ###