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NPA Terrorists’ supplies recovered by 65IB in Agusan del Norte Gun Battle

SIBAGAT, AGUSAN DEL SUR – An armed clash between the troops of 65th Infantry (Stalwart) Battalion under the operational control of 901st Infantry (Fight ‘Em) Brigade and the New People’s Army (NPA) resulted to the recovery of an anti-personnel mine, ammunitions, medical supplies, and other belongings in the hinterlands of Brgy. De Oro, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte last June 18, 2022.

Through the conduct of deliberate intelligence operation and the cooperation of concerned citizens, the Government forces were able to identify the location of the NPA hideout and their activities. These led to a 10-minute firefight which resulted to the seizure of the following enemy war materiel and supplies:

• one (1) Anti-personnel Mine
• one (1) magazine of AK47
• one (1) magazine of M16
• one (1) Samsung Tablet
• one (1) Huawei Smart Phone
• three (3) USB
• six (6) Nokia keypad phones
• one (1) SD card
• two (2) Bandoleers
• nine (9) Backpacks with personal belongings
• assorted medical supplies
• fifteen (15) kg Rice

The gun battle which ensued the recovery of an Anti-personnel Mine (APM) reflects the enemies’ continuous violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The use of such destructive weapon is a clear violation of its restrictions as stated in the rules of the armed conflict. Such behavior of continuous violation of Human rights led to the enlightenment of the people they terrorized and withdrew their support for this lost cause.

LTC EMERSON P DE VERA, the Commanding Officer of 65th Infantry (Stalwart) Battalion, vows to ensure the peace and safety of the residents in its Area of Operation (AO). The unit will continue to intensify the conduct of its operations to secure the area against any form of terrorism. The troops along with other government agencies stand in the frontline to fight and address the infiltration of the CTGs.

“The Stalwart troopers, following its strong mandate of protecting the people and securing the land, will continue to battle the remnants of the NPAs who refuse to return to the folds of law”.

“We are calling upon the remaining members of the NPAs to surrender. The Government is true to their commitment of giving you a new beginning and start living for a renewed cause.” De Vera added.

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