CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz- The Army’s 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion thwarted the plan of the CPP-NPA Terrorist to stage atrocities in President Roxas, Capiz.
This, after the troops from 61IB clashed with more or less fifteen (15) members of Sangay sa Partido sa Platoon (SPP)-East, Komiteng Rehiyon – Panay of CPP-NPA Terrorist led by a certain Guning at about 08:20 in the morning of July 05.
According to LTC Joel Benedict Batara, Commanding Officer, 61IB, they received information from the civilian populace on the presence of the fully-armed CPP-NPA terrorists conducting recruitment activities among minors and planning to conduct atrocities in the area, hence he immediately deployed his troops to conduct combat operations in the said barangay.
“Our troops were approaching in the target area when they were fired upon by the communist terrorists which prompted them to fire back”, LTC Batara said.
The firefight lasted for about twenty (20) minutes before the communist-terrorists withdrew towards Barangay Badiangon of same municipality. No one was hurt on the government side while it remains undetermined on the enemy’s side.
Upon scouring the area, the troops recovered the following items: one (1) portable generator, one (1) multi-media projector, two (2) hand grenades, one (1) anti-personnel mine, eight (8) rifle grenades, four (4) back packs, two (2) cellular phones, one (1) container of gasoline, two (2) sacks of rice, and other personal belongings and subversive documents with high intelligence value. The troops are still conducting pursuit operations.
LTC Batara highlighted that, “Our recoveries prove that the CPP-NPA Terrorist is planning to launch attacks not only against government security forces but also with the defenseless civilians. That’s why I am commending the vigilance of the civilian populace for giving us accurate information on the movements and whereabouts of the communist-terrorists. This is a clear indication that the people are now fed up with the cruelty of the CPP-NPA Terrorist. Supporting and cooperating with the Army through giving information is their way of expressing their fervent desire for a CPP-NPA Terrorist-free community”.
For his part, Major General Dinoh Dolina, the Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division slammed the CPP-NPA Terrorist for continued stockpiling and producing anti-personnel mines which is a clear violation of the Ottawa Treaty, a convention on the prohibition of the use, storing, production and transfer of its kind. He called on LGUs and the Capizeños to declare CPP-NPA Terrorist persona non grata to prevent them from entering and casting terror and violence in the communities.
Further, MGen Dolina called on the remaining members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist to come down and return to the mainstream society. “Your government together with your Army and PNP is willing to ensure your safety if you choose to lay down your arms, embrace the culture of peace, and start a new and peaceful life through the government’s Enhance-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP)”, he added.