CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Another member of the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) died in a 30-minute clash with government troops belonging to 30th Infantry “Python” Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division at vicinity Sitio Puyawon, Barangay Mahanub, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte at around 10:00 o’clock in the morning of February 19, 2019.

The government troops were conducting focused military operations to go after the NPA terrorists who are threatening isolated barangays in CARAGA when a concerned barangay folk revealed the location of the NPAs due to the extortions and threats posed in their community.

The troops recovered the male dead body along with one M16 rifle, three magazines loaded with ammunition, one anti-personnel mine, one blasting cap, five meters’ wire, five meters’ utility rope and personal belongings.

It was learned that the dead NPA is an Indigenous People (IP), a member of Mamanwa Tribe living in the hinter land of Surigao del Norte. Last February 18, 2019 one NPA terrorist who is also an IP member of the Higaonon tribe died in an encounter with the government troops in Lantapan, Bukidnon.

Colonel Maurito L. Licudine, the newly-installed 402nd Brigade Commander said. “We strongly condemn the extortions and troubles made by the NPA to the peace loving civilians. Communities are already tired and irritated of the NPAs’ decades of banditry. I urge the NPAs to lay down their arms and return to the folds of law and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration (E-CLIP).

Brigadier General Franco Nemesio M. Gacal, the Commander of 4ID, on the other hand, said, “We are saddened that another NPA who is an IP member died due to the wrong indoctrinations made by the terrorist NPA. It is really unfortunate that the CPP-NPA continuously recruit, deceive and exploit our IP brothers. THIS MUST BE STOPPED!”