CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Another joint security operations of the Army and PNP yielded positive result early morning of Saturday, July 31.
One communist NPA terrorist (CNT) was killed while an M14 rifle and anti-personnel mines were seized from an armed clash between the government troops and Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) at 3:40 in the morning in Barangay San Juan Daan, Bulan, Sorsogon.
Prior to this, troops from 22nd Infantry Battalion (22IB) received a report from some concerned citizens about the presence of CNTs in the area which prompted them to conduct security operations together with the personnel from Bulan Municipal Police Station, 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (2PMFC) and Police Provincial Office.
Operating troops then clashed with at least 14 CNTs which resulted in the demise of one communist insurgent.
Lt. Col. Nelson Mico, Battalion Commander of 22IB credited the accomplishment to the residents who pinpointed the location of the CNTs preempting any unlawful acts the terrorist group plans to hurl.
“Sa mga Sorsoganon, maraming salamat po dahil hindi ninyo pinababayaang makapaghasik ng karahasan sa inyong komunidad ang mga teroristang ito,” Lt. Col. Mico said.
Meanwhile, Col. Aldwine Almase stressed that with the CTG now crumbling down, the security forces are even more determined to totally eradicate them.
“We will sustain this momentum until all CTG members will finally realize that they are long been defeated. Hindi na sila makakabawi pa lalo na ngayong lalong lumalakas ang suporta ng ating mga kababayan laban sa terorismo,” Col. Almase said.
Furrhermore, MGEN HENRY A ROBINSON JR PA, Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia, warned the CTG about the intensified operations of security forces and the growing support of the Bicolanos which will give them no chance of regaining influence in communities.
“We have negated the CTG from their mass bases and the people are also very supportive of the government’s goal to wipe out communist insurgency. Sa mga kaanak ng mga natitirang miyembro ng teroristang grupong ito, ‘wag kayong papayag na dumating ang araw na uuwi sa inyo ang inyong mga mahal sa buhay na gaya nitong casualty ngayon sa engkwentro, wala ng buhay at inabandona pa ng kaniyang mga kasamahan. Kayo, higit kaninuman, ang may kakayahang kumbinsihin silang talikuran ang walang saysay na armadong tunggalian na wala namang idudulot na kabutihan. Kung kailangan ninyo ng tulong, lumapit kayo sa amin dahil handa kaming maging katuwang ninyo upang iligtas sa peligrong dala ng CTG ang inyong mga kapamilya,” MGen. Robinson said.
It can be recalled that just last July 19, two CTG members were also killed in an armed clash in Sagñay, Camarines Sur while 12 high-powered firearms were seized. In Daraga, Albay, a CNT was also killed last July 16 after a fierce gunfight with government troops. Two high-powered firearms, explosives and terrotistic propaganda materials were also seized while the troops overran the enemies’ hideout as well.