TAGO, Surigao del Sur – with the intensified intelligence tracking and community support, another CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) supply cache falls in the hands of the troops of 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion at Purok Salikot, Sitio Bato, Brgy Bitaugan, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur yesterday afternoon, April 17, 2019 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
The said CPP-NPA supply cache was captured in a cave through the revelation of a concerned resident of the said barangay. Recovered within the supply cache are Detonating Cord, Switching Device , Icom Radio (YAESU), Terufusion Blood Administration Set , Urine bag, Metronidazole Dazol, Metronidazole Fresenius, Ethyl Alcohol , 40mm RG (Unserviceable), Cathula (pink, green light violet, Rosemed (violet), BD Precision Glide Needle, Infusion set, Blood transfusion, Orthopaedic Padding, Wadding sheet, Major gauze, Orthofix plaster, Disposable syringe, Jelco-W (24G 5/8”), Lidocaine (hydrochloride), Benzyl penicillin sodium (BIOPHEN) and Rubber Hose.
Accordingly, the supplies were left by the CNTs for their future operations against the government and to keep them highly mobile avoiding the operating troops.
It can be recalled that a supply cache was also seized by the 36IB troopers at Sitio Himat-e, Brgy Cayale, Tago, Surigao del Sur last January 02, 2019 which were left for safekeeping in their trusted contact/supporter in the barangays purposely to ease some loads carried by CNTs when conducting raids/harassments or to avoid pursuing army troops.
Lt Col Xerxes A Trinidad PA, Commanding Officer of the 36IB in his statement said, “the series of disclosure by former trusted confidantes of the CNTs adds to the mounting indication that they are losing mass support. The captures of said supplies are significant blow to their compartmentalized and restricted movement. We were able to successfully do this due to the increasing shift of community support in favor of the government”.
“It is very clear that people seek peace and abhor violence as a means to create a thriving society. I am calling once again to all peace loving Surigaonon to unite with us and deter these CNTs from your communities by encouraging them to surrender and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program, the government intervention package for those who will lay down their arms and see the futility of armed struggle”, Lt Col Trinidad added.