BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte — The troops of 23 rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion foils the Communist Party of the Philippine – New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) plans after a five (5) minute encounter in the hinter area of So Kawayanan, Brgy Nongnong, Butuan City
on April 24, 2020 at around 06:30 o’clock in the morning.
After the said firefight, the Army troops recovered one (1) AK47 rifle, several rounds of assorted ammunition, different kinds of Medical items and medicines, undergarments, identification cards, cellular phones, sim packs, CPP and NPA Flags, and bundles of subversive documents.
Visible in the encounter sites are the big and small drops and traces of bloodstains in the encounter site and along their route of withdrawal. These show that there are several CNTs severely wounded in the said encounter. There were no casualty on the government side. The above incident happened when the troops of 23IB was conducting COVID-19 active defense in response to the report from the local populace that there were armed group conducting extortion activities in the said area.
The prompt action of the troops resulted to the said arms engagement which drew away the CPP-NPA Terrorists from extorting from the populace. It is in time with the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program and relief goods to the beneficiaries from the said remote village.
Lieutenant Colonel Francisco L Molina Jr., Commanding Officer of 23IB expressed his gratitude to the concerned citizens of Brgy Nong-nong, Butuan City for providing timely information. It can be recalled that the said barangay has renounced their loyalty and declared the CNTs as “Persona non-Grata”.
“At this point in time, the terroristic act of the CNTs is unacceptable especially the government and the people is facing crises brought about by COVID-19 Pandemic. The support from the government for those affected by the crises should not be extorted and taken away from them. Thus, the troops of 23 rd Infantry Battalion will continue to protect the people whom it has sworn to serve.” – Molina added.