BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte –Troopers of the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion discovered a Communist New People’s Army Terrorists’ (CNTs) hideout in the hinterlands of Barangay Amparo, Butuan City on the evening of September 17, 2020 after conducting a follow-up operation based on the information provided by Alias DANSOY/KEVIN, the Political Instructor (PI) of SDG CAOCAO, GF-4A, NCMRC.
It can be recalled that Alias DANSOY/KEVIN surrendered to 23rd IB on the same date. The discovered hideout has an estimated land area of three hundred square meters (300m2) which can accommodate more or less twenty-eight (28) persons. It was abandoned a few hours prior to discovery
Seized from the said hideout were one (1) Motorcycle (SKYGO), three hundred and fourteen (314) rounds of live ammunition of Ctg Cal .30, Carbine; fifty-four (54) rounds of live ammunition of Ctg 5.56mm, M16 Rifle; four (4) rounds of live ammunition of Ctg 7.62mm, M14 Rifle, one (1) long magazine for M16 Rifle; one (1) short magazine for M16 Rifle; three (3) Short Magazines for Cal .30, Carbine, One (1) round of live ammunition of Ctg 40mm, HE M203 GL, One (1) short magazine for cal. .30, Carbine; six (6) blasting caps; one (1) handheld radio (Baofeng), three (3) batteries for handheld radio (Baofeng); one (1) charger for handheld radio (Baofeng); three (3) antennas for handheld radio (Baofeng); three (3) USB connectors; seventeen (17) pieces sim cards; two (2) memory adaptors; two (2) chargers for cellular phone; one (1) rubber duck; three (3) civilian bag packs; one jungle hammock; five (5) tents; assorted medical supplies; assorted clothing; one-half (½) sack of rice; and subversive documents.
Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, Commander of 23IB expressed gratitude to the former rebel (FR) who provided the positive information to the unit.
“Through the active cooperation of the FR who recently surrendered to our unit, we have located the CNT hideout and probably foil their hostile plans in the community. We now have two (2) best reliable sources of positive information — the weary civilian populace and the FRs,” Paulo said.
He also emphasized that the CNTs no longer have a place to hide as the civilians are now are showing their full support to the government particularly to the Army and the police.
“No matter where these CNTs will hide, we will still locate them and we will continue to pursue them because we know that they are just around the area,” Paulo said.
He again urged the remaining and tired CNT members in Agusan del Norte to listen to the call of the government and take hold of the opportunity being offered to them.
“Come down, lay down your arms, and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) of the government. But, if you will not heed to our call, then we will never hesitate to use our force to neutralize you for the benefit of the Filipino people who longed to live peacefully,” Paulo said.