Panabo City, Davao del Norte – An armed encounter between elements of 27IB against Communist Terrorist belonging to GF55, SRC5, SMRC occured at around 2:30 PM August 26, 2020. Troops under 1st Lt. John Alvin P. Maunahan Philippine Army, while acting on information provided by concerned residents of Brgy Mapula conducted combat operations at the vicinity of Brgy Mapula, Paquibato District, Davao City resulted to armed clash with more or five fully armed men at So. Barko-barko Brgy Mapula.
The armed engagement resulted to one NPA Body Count (BC) identified as Divina Sindol alias “Din-Din”, 24 years old, resident of Sitio Kisapwak, Brgy Diningan, Kitaotao, Province of Bukidnon. Recovered from the dead NPA are one bandolier, two magazines for M16 rifle, one colored green long sleeve with printed “Davao-Bukidnon New People Army Southern Mindanao Region”.
Based on report from concerned residents, undetermined number of NPA terrorists are planning to conduct ambuscade through laying of landmines targetting the Community Development Team (CDT) who are involved in community development in Brgys Mapula, Lumiad, Paquibato Proper and Lumiad. During the encounter, the CTG laid and denotated landmine along side of the main road which is indicative of their persistent violations of the UN Convention on the Prohibition on the Use of Landmine.
Lt. Col. Victorino M. Seño Philippine Army, Battalion Commander of 27th Infantry (ACTION) Battalion strongly condemned the NPA Terrorist use of landmine disregarding the safety of the peace loving people of Paquibato District. In like manner, he also thanked the residents of Paquibato for providing timely and reliable information about the terrorists presence that resulted to armed engagement.
This is a clear manifestation that the residents in the area are already tired and fed up with the NPA terrorist deception and atrocities. Saddened by the incident that caused the life @DINDIN, LTC SEÑO appeal to the NPA terrorist to surrender and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) and live a normal life. “The government is willing to help and assist you to live a peaceful life you are longing for” he added.