Bancasi, Butuan City – Another Two (2) CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNT) lairs were seized by the troops under the 402nd Infantry Brigade in the municipalities of Jabonga and San Miguel in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur, last November 26, 2019 and December 5, 2019, respectively.
Troops of 29IB under the 402nd Brigade while conducting security operations, in response to the reports of the residents about the presence of armed group, seized a CNT lair that can accommodate more or less sixty (60) CNT members at Brgy Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte last November. Meanwhile a tip-off from a civilian led to another seizure of CNT lair by elements of 36IB at Sitio Inadan, Brgy Magroyong, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur that can accommodate more or less twenty (20) CNT members.
It can be recalled that a CNT lair was also discovered last October 26, 2019 at Sitio Suba, Brgy Mabuhay, Tandag City that can accommodate more or less fifty (50) CNTs.
A walk-in informant whose identity was withheld for security reason, reported the whereabouts of the suspected lair of an armed group at Brgy Bangonay, Jabonga to 29IB as some of the members of his family feared for their lives. This prompted a security operation leading to the capture of the said lair. Another hideout was discovered by 36IB at Barangay Magroyong, San Miguel when a resident who is a farmer and an IP member, divulged the presence of armed men in the outlying areas of the said barangay.
According to Brigadier General Licudine, the recent clashes of government troops against the CNTs in the outskirts of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City in three (3) separate occasions resulting to the seizure of seven (7) high powered firearms, three (3) CNTs killed and the recovery of assorted personal and subversive materials, indicates effective support channel from the communities towards the Army’s campaign to end local communist armed conflict in Caraga.
“Both CNT lairs that were discovered in were abandoned for just a couple of days, hence, our troops are tracking the armed groups in those areas. We shall not let the CNTs to relax as they still resort to threat and violence at the expense of our people in far flung areas considered as Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs)”, he said.
Since January this year, troops under the operational control of 402nd Infantry Brigade discovered a total of seventy-two (72) CNT lairs and 90% of them were either seized, captured or overran, and came from the revelation of the populace.
Likewise, a total of seventy-eight (78) skirmishes between 402nd Brigade troopers and CNTs transpired since January 2019 and resulted to the killing of twenty-three (23) CNTs and the seizure of a total of seventy (70) assorted firearms.
“CNTs have nowhere to go. Their only option is to peacefully lay down their arms and surrender as there will be no let-up in our operations against them. We shall relentlessly pursue these terrorists as the people already despise them based on the increase in the number of discovered CNT lairs and successful encounters. Hence, we call upon the remaining CNT leaders and members to stop harboring violence and start embracing the path of peace. Your Army in Caraga is very willing to accept with open arms those who wanted to surrender and avail the government’s integration program, the E-CLIP. Let’s have a peaceful season and shun violence”, Brigadier General Licudine added.