Mawab, Davao de Oro–Communist Terrorist Group (CTGs) attacks Army and PNP conducting active defense patrol for COVID-19 early this morning in Pantukan, Davao de Oro.
The 71st Infantry KAIBIGAN Battalion (71IB) and Regional Mobile Force Company were conducting their usual active defense patrol in relation to the implementation of enhanced community quarantine but were fired upon by undetermined number of the Communist Terrorist Group resulting in an armed encounter.
Said encounter lasted for 15 minutes which resulted to the death of one (1) NPA member and caused the rest of them [CTG] to scamper in different directions and the recovery of one (1) Bushmaster MOD-XM15E2S loaded with 25 rounds of ammo, one (1) AK47 with three (3) magazines loaded with 77 rounds of ammo, 72 rounds of Garand rifle ammo, one (1) airgun rifle,one (1) upper air gun rifle, three (3) backpacks with personal belongings, subversive documents with high intelligence value, one (1) cellphone with severalsimcards, medical supplies and paraphernalia.No casualty on the government side.
It can be recalled that last March 29, the CPP-NPA-NDF declared reciprocal ceasefire in connection with the COVID 19 pandemicbut was violated by the NPA members on the ground.
“This tragic event disheartens me because of the loss of life which is not supposed to be.” Lieutenant Colonel Sonny Gonzales, Commanding Officer of 71IB said, “I call on everybody, even the remaining NPA, to lay down your arms and surrender, back to the folds of the law and focus all our efforts and prioritize helping our people especially in these trying times.
Sa hirapngsitwasyonngayon,lalongnagpahirapitongginagagwangmgateroristang. NPA. Nagsumbongangmgataonaniransaknaangkanilangmgabahay at tindahanng mg rebeldeng NPA dahilwalanasilangmakainsabundok.Pinipilitrinnilaangmgataonamagbigayngpagkain at yungiba ay inuutusannabumilingpagkain, tinatakotpag di sumunodsautos, Gonzales added.
We call on those remaining NPA members to surrender and avail the government’s ECLIP and live a normal life. Also, we appeal to the parents to be vigilant on the activities of their children as they are vulnerable in the deceptive recruitment of the CPP-NPA-NDF. The 71IB and the 10ID are willing to provide medical assistance to the wounded