Press Release3 NPA members neutralize, 16 Firearms recovery in a Justice-Driven Relentless Operations
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3 NPA members neutralize, 16 Firearms recovery in a Justice-Driven Relentless Operations

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Determined to serve justice to the families of the victims in the recent Masbate City bombing, the Army’s 9ID and PNP Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) conducted extensive and relentless joint pursuit operations which resulted in another successful engagement, Tuesday, June 8.

Three members of the NPA rebels were killed while three M16 rifles, one M14 rifle, various war materials, and terrorist propaganda materials were initially seized when government forces engaged the NPA in an armed encounter.

Before this, residents reported about the presence of NPA members in Barangay Anas which prompted the operating troops to scour the area and encountered at least 30 NPA rebels around 5:30 in the morning.

An intense gunfight lasted for 15 minutes before the enemies left in haste.

Two hours later, government troops captured another 12 high-powered firearms comprised of 11 M16 rifles and one M653 rifle hidden in a nipa hut at the boundary of Barangay Anas and Barangay Bolo both of Masbate City believed to be left behind by the scampering and fleeing terrorists.

Lieutenant Colonel Siegfried Felipe Awichen, Battalion Commander of the 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB) attributed this successful operation to the Masbateños who, out of anger over CTG’s recent terror attack, tipped off the location of the communist insurgents.

Colonel Aldwine Almase, Brigade Commander of the 903rd Infantry Brigade, on the other hand, assured the public that the Army and police will not stop until all NPA members responsible for the said terror attack are put behind bars.

“We will not allow these terrorists to continue killing innocent people and destroying the hopes and dreams of our youth. Our persistent operations will continue to make sure that those who participated in this crime will rot in prison,” Colonel Almase said.

Meanwhile, Police Brigadier General Jonnel C Estomo, Regional Director of PRO-5 called on the NPA members to just go down and surrender. Estomo also thanked the concerned civilians that provided information leading to the successful operations.

“Alam naming pagod na kayong magtago lalo na ngayong mas pinaigting at pinalawak pa namin ang aming ginagawang operasyon. Alalahanin ninyo ang inyong mga pamilya. Para sa kanila, sumuko na lamang kayo,” Police Brigadier General Estomo said.

Furthermore, Major General Henry A Robinson Jr, Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia warned the CNTs that they are doomed once they do not surrender and admit to their crimes.

“We do not tolerate terrorism. Thus, we are giving these evildoers two options: to keep their lives or to die fighting against our troops who are scouring every nook and cranny of Masbate province just to find them. A bright future awaits the Ablason had it not been for this terrorist group’s wickedness. But we are confident that they will all face the consequences of their crimes, especially that the Masbateños who are expressing strong repulsion over the CTG’s inhuman acts and lawlessness are one with us in this fight,” Major Geneal Robinson said.

It can be recalled that last Sunday, NPA members detonated an anti-personnel mine in Masbate City killing FEU’s football player, Keith Ablason, and his cousin, Nolven.

Kalinaw News
Kalinaw News is the official online source of information on the pursuit for peace by the Philippine Army. It provides information on the activities of Army Units nationwide in the performance of their duty of Serving the People and Securing the Land. e-mail: [email protected]



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