Encounters against CTGs in North Eastern Mindanao erupt


Units under Eastern Mindanao Command figured in various encounters in North Eastern Mindanao as a result of a sustained focus military operations against the Communist Terrorist Group CTG) in the Region.

Early morning of November 30, 2019, elements of 23rd Infantry Battalion encountered an undetermined number of CTGs in Sitio Salvacion, Brgy Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City.

The firefight, which lasted for about 15 minutes, resulted in the death of one CTG member, recovery of two AK47 rifles; and two M653 Baby Armalite rifles.

The cadaver was properly turned-over to the Philippine National Police for proper disposition.

In a separate instance, patrolling elements of 88th Infantry Battalion figured in a running gun battle with the CTGs being monitored in uninhabited and forested area of “Natampod” Brgy Lumintao, Quezon, Bukidnon at about eight o’clock in the morning of November 30, 2019. No casualties were reported on both sides during the encounter.

Meanwhile, firearms and various ammunitions were recovered after
elements from 29th Infantry Battalion chanced upon members of CTG around around 4:30 in the afternoon on November 27, 2019, at Sitio Manhupaw, Brgy Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

The CTGs, believed to be the same group that was encountered by same unit on November 21, 2019 at the same area, scampered to different directions leaving one M4A1 rifle,
one M14 rifle, one M203 Grenade Launcher, personal belongings subversive documents and paraphernalia.

No one was reported to be hurt on both sides during the said encounter.