NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – A Community that declared the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) persona-non-grata last September 2019, led the AFP troops to their hideout in the hinterlands of Sitio San Jose, Barangay Durian, Las Nieves, Agusan Del Norte at around 8:05 AM on December 4, 2019.
After ensuing in a 15-minute firefight with a platoon-sized CTGs being monitored in Agusan del Norte, particularly near the boundary of Misamis Oriental, the elements of 23rd Infantry Battalion (IB) were able to capture one AK-47 Rifle, two M16 Rifles, four Laptops, one Generator, 21 backpacks, two sacks of rice, food supplies, medicines, subversive documents and other personal belongings.
Further, one dead CTG member was left after the group scampered in different directions.
The recovered cadaver of the dead NPA was already turned-over to the Barangay Council of Brgy. Durian for identification and proper disposition.
It can be recalled that the same group was encountered by the 23IB on November 30, 2019, at Sitio Salvacion, Brgy. Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City wherein two AK-47 rifles, one M16A1 rifle, one M16A1-RMC rifle, five civilian backpacks, two bandoleers, subversive documents, and other personal belongings were recovered along with the body of a 16-year old child involved in armed conflict.
“You have been warned by no less than the communities who do not want your presence in their area. We will be relentless in our combat operations to run after those who continue to embrace the violent armed struggle and we will use all legal means to go after you,” Lt. Gen Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command warned.