Bancasi, Butuan City – Col Maurito L Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander attended on September 9, 2019 an Awarding Ceremony initiated by PRO13 in connection with the recent gallant and courageous stand of the joint forces of PNP and Army personnel in Station 5 of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO), against the undetermined number of CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNTs) believed to be members of Guerilla Front (GF) 4A of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) on September 6, 2019 around 11:45 o’clock in the evening in Purok 5, Brgy San Mateo this city.

PRO 13 Regional Director Gilbert DC Cruz led the awarding to 19 personnel of BCPO Station 5 and Butuan City Mobile Force Company and 6 troops of 23IB under the 402nd Infantry Brigade who successfully defended their Community Post in the said Brgy.

According to Police Lieutenant Rannel Caya, BCPO Station 5 Officer In Charge, the CNTs prepositioned more than 200 meters distance from the station and conducted nuisance intermittent fires even with the presence of civilians that lasted for 5 minutes.

Commanding Officer of 23IB, Lt Col Francisclo Molina and City Director Police Colonel Albert G Magno of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) together with Ms Joan Baker representing Hon Ronnie Vincent Lagnada, City Mayor of Butuan City also witnessed the said activity in support to the exemplary performance of the Army and PNP personnel.

Police Brigadier General Gilbert DC Cruz in his speech said, “Hindi Police station ang dinepensahan sa nangyaring insidente kundi ipinaglaban at prinotektahan nila ang mamamayan ng isang kumunidad. Ang ipinapakita dito sa seremonyang ito ay isang regular na pagkilala sa mga nagawang maganda sa pagseserbisyo. Sana ito ay mas magbigay ng inspirasyon sa inyo na ipagpatuloy ang sinumpaang tungkulin”.

Meanwhile, Col Licudine in his statement lamented that the CNTs did not even care about the welfare and safety of the people. “The CNT’s themselves are the ones exposing their true color. Putting innocent civilians in danger, with complete disregard to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) contrary to their claim of being the “soldier of the masses.”

“We congratulate the Army and PNP personnel of BCPO Station 5 and Mobile Force Company for always being ready to defend the people and the community. We shall not let our guards down and continue to intensify our monitoring to negate similar hostile acts of the terroristic plans of the CNTs. We reiterate our call to the remaining CNT’s to lay down their arms and abandon the lost cause resulting to 50 years of fear and terror to our people and derailing progress and development in the countryside”, Col Licudine ended. The activity ended with the distribution of basketball to the children of said barangay and the traditional boodle fight together with the PNP, Army, Brgy Officials and other civilian residents.