BANCASI, Butuan City – The 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion under the operational control of 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade scored anew in a clash against CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) yesterday morning, around 11:30 AM, May 18, 2020 at Sitio Kiskis , Brgy Siagao, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur

Elements of the 36IB clashed against thirty (30) CNTs believed to be members of the Sub Regional Command (SRC) 2130, of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) under alias SALEM in another encounter in Surigao del Sur province in just over a week.

The said encounter lasted for forty-five (45) minutes and the CNTs scampered towards different directions leaving one (1) dead terrorist and two (2) AK47 rifles, two (2) Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), various war materiel and medical supplies that were recovered by the troops. After which, said troops overran a CNT hideout which can accommodate around forty (40) individuals.

It can be recalled that on the morning of May 11, 2020, 36IB troopers also killed an NPA terrorist and seized one (1) AK47 rifle after a five (5) minute encounter against more or less ten (10) CNTs believed to be members of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) 16C1, Guerilla Front (GF16), NEMRC under alias JACOB at Area Katarugan, Cabangahan, Cantilan, SDS.

Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade said, “We will not rest until these terrorists will be destroyed. They either surrender peacefully or they will be annihilated. People are on alert and are informing us of their whereabouts. They have nowhere to hide.”

Licudine also stressed that after the encounter in Cantilan and San Miguel, both of Surigao del Sur, troops have been relentless in tracking these fleeing CNTs with the cooperation of local folks who desperately wanted to end the terror acts of the CNTs in their area.

“Local folks are volunteering vital information to track down the escaping CNTs. That’s why we were able to intercept the CNTs in their possible consolidation areas”, he added.

Last May 10, 2020, troops under 402nd Brigade pounced on the CNTs in the boundary of Agusan Norte and Misamis Oriental in a running gun battle. A total of fifteen (15) CNTs were killed to include four (4) top communist NPA terrorist leaders and seizure of five (5) high-powered firearms that brought GF4A on the brink of its collapse.

The dead CNT in the latest skirmish in San Miguel, SDS is still to be identified and will be turned over to the nearest municipal police station. Troops are still conducting pursuit operations as of this writing.