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LGU Official’s Desire For Insurgency-Free Community Leads To Another Successful Encounter in Cam Sur

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Fed up with the mayhems of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), a tip-off from a concern resident made the LGU official decided to convey a report of extortion and recruitment of minors to the government troops that led to a skirmish in Brgy San Vicente, Lupi, Camarines Sur, Monday, September 13.

At around 12:55 in the afternoon, joint elements of 96th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Benjamin Lonogan, 9th Infantry Batallion under Lt. Col. Cleto Lelina Jr, and 902nd Infantry Brigade supported by the troops from Municipal Police Stations of Lupi and Sipocot immediately responded to an information about the presence of Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the area and encountered at least 20 armed insurgents.

After a fierce gun fight, government troops found a body of an NPA member killed in the encounter —abandoned by CTG; the troops seized three anti personnel mines, 20-meter wire, 100 pcs M16 ammunition, a cellphone,terroristic propaganda materials and personal belongings.

The encounter lasted for 25 minutes after which the CNTs scampered towards different directions.

Col. Jaime A. Abawag Jr., Brigade Commander of the 902nd Brigade
said that his troops will not stop in scouring possible CTG hideouts, hunt them down until the aspiration of people of Lupi for insurgency-free community is achieved.

“Magpapatuloy ang pagtugis natin sa kanila hanggang sa makamit natin ang hangarin ng mga mamamayan ng Lupi na magkaroon ng tahimik at insurgency-free na komunidad. Hindi namin hahayaan na magpatuloy ang kanilang pangingikil sa mga mahihirap lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya. At hindi rin natin hahayaan na sirain nila ang kinabukasan ng ating mga kabataan na patuloy nilang nililinlang upang umanib sa kanilang grupo. Ang mga LGU officials, mga magulang at iba pang mga concerned citizens ay kasama natin sa laban na ito; dahil sa kanila ay natutunton na natin ang pinagtataguan ng teroristang grupong ito.”Col. Abawag said.

Meanwhile, MGEN HENRY A ROBINSON JR PA, Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia commended the persistence of the troops and thanked the LGU for its cooperation in fight against insurgency.

“I commend our brave soldiers for giving integrity to achieve our goal in winning the peace here in Bicol. Also, we thank the LGU of Lupi for bridging its people’s desire to free their community against this terrorist group. Hindi natin hahayaang manaig itong mga teroristang grupong ito
sa inyong mga lugar. Kaya hinihiling namin na ipagpatuloy lang natin ang ating nasimulang pagkakaisa laban sa Komunistang grupong ito. Isapuso natin ang tunay na bayanihan sa pamamagitan ng “Whole-of-Nation” approach para ating makamit ang tutoong kapayapan sa rehiyon. Sa mga natitira pang miyembro ng CTG, hindi kami napapagod na paalalahanan kayo na sundan ang mga dati ‘nyong kasamahan na niyakap na ang totoong tunay na kapayapaan sa piling ng kanilang mga pamilya.Tutulungan po namin kayo na tuluyang makatakas sa maling paniniwala at idelohiya na sumisira hindi lamang sa inyong sarili pati na rin sa ating pamayanan,” MGen. Robinson said.

It can be recalled that just last September 2, two CTG members also died in an armed encounter with government troops; two NPA members surrendered, including the leader of Platoon 1, Larangan 2, Komiteng Pangprobinsya 3 of Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC); and six M16 rifles, three anti-personnel mines and several terroristic propaganda materials were seized in Irosin Sorsogon.

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