CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – Soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion captured two armed members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist following an encounter with terrorist group at Sitio Maitom, Barangay Old Poblacion, Escalante City in Negros Occidental province at about 08:13 in the morning of September 17, 2019.
LTC Emelito Thaddeus Logan, Commanding Officer, 79IB identified the captured communist-terrorists as Jomar Agustin alias Mari and Revely Tayab alias Tara. Recovered from the possession of Agustin is a caliber 45 pistol and 3 rounds of ammunition while Tayab also possessed a caliber 45 pistol and 5 rounds of ammunition.
LTC Logan said they launch combat operations after they received a report from the civilian populace on the presence of more or less seven fully armed communist-terrorists planning to cast terroristic activities to sabotage 3-day peace summit in the city. The combat operations resulted to a 10-minute firefight after which the enemies withdrew towards west direction of the barangay.
“We successfully prevented another terror attack of the CPP-NPA Terrorist targeting 3-day Peace Summit in Northern Negros, and thus I am commending the local residents for giving us accurate information on the movement and whereabouts of the communist-terrorists,” Logan said.
“This is a clear indication that the populace are fed up with the ruthlessness of the CPP-NPA Terrorist who destroyed their peaceful communities. Sila na mismo ang nag-rereport sa atin dahil ayaw nila sa mga teroristang CPP-NPA. Gusto na nilang bumalik sa payapa at malayang pamumuhay na walang umaaligid na mga terorista,” he added.
None from the government side was hurt during the encounter. Recoveries from the encounter site include a hammock, one pouch of bandoleer, cellphone and kitchen paraphernalia.
For his part, MGen Dinoh Dolina, the Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division reiterated his persistent call to the remaining members and local leaders of the CPP-NPA to abandon armed struggle, go back to the folds of law and talk to their government. “Come down, join us and together we can resolve armed conflict through peaceful means. Your government together with your Army, PNP and the peace-loving people of Central and Western Visayas is more than willing to help you and your family start a new and normal life”, MGen Dolina added.