CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The 403rd Infantry “Peacemakers” Brigade under the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army launched simultaneous focus military operations (FMO) against Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) identified hideouts in the vicinity of Brgy Dumalaguig, Impasugong and Mount Kalatungan all in the province of Bukidnon last February 18, 2020.

The FMO was successfully carried out by the diamond troopers that resulted to the seizure of two CNT hideouts, war material and personal belongings. Also, there were traces of blood stains in the area during the clearing operations believed to be from CNTs suffering heavy losses.

Some civilian populace disclosed that they saw a number of fleeing NPAs passing through in a hurry, carrying with them their dead and wounded comrades, among of those identified dead NPA was Renato Tilucan alias Sidlak, the commander of the Sentro de-Grabedad (SDG) of Guerilla Front 68, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

The 403Bde under Colonel Barandon in close coordination with the LGUs and LGAs in Bukidnon has activated the Incident Command System in order to monitor the possible effect of the FMO, ensure the safety of the civilian populace and delivery of the needed basic social services to the populace in said areas.

It can be recalled that the three Infantry Battalions (29IB, 30IB and 65IB) under this command had successively hit the CNTs in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions last February 11-13, 2020 that resulted in one CNT member killed and the recovery of four high powered firearms, one shot gun, one anti-personnel mine, bandolier, rifle magazines, assorted ammunitions and belongings owned by the CNTs.

Meanwhile, MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of 4ID said, “We had launched series of FMO as a response to the information voluntarily given from the local populace. We will use all the Army’s capability to ensure the safety and protection of our communities and finally end the local communist armed conflict in Northern Mindanao and Caraga region.

“Once again, we are calling on the remaining CNTs to surrender; abandon your futile armed struggle to avoid unnecessary waste of lives, avail the enhanced comprehensive local integration program and take the chance to live peacefully with your families and love ones.” Gacal ended.