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Series of encounters ensue between 401st Brigade troops and the NPAs in Andap Valley

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Lianga, Surigao Del Sur– Army troops of 75th Infantry Battalion and 3rd Special Forces Battalion under the operational control of 401st Brigade figured in a series of encounters with the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Andap Valley Complex, a known Guerilla Base of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) in Surigao del Sur. 
 
The series of encounters started last October 23, 2018 at Sitio Magkahunaw, Buhisan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur between operating troops of 3rd Special Forces Battalion and about ten NPA Terrorists belonging to the Platoon 8, Guerilla Front 19, NEMRC. This was followed by another encounter between 75th Infantry Battalion against the same group the following day, October 24 at Sitio Kabulohan of the same barangay and on October 26, pursuing troops of 75IB once again encountered the enemy in the nearby area.
Two soldiers were, wounded in the series of encounters, while several NPAs were either killed or wounded as reported by the operating troops. 
 
The operating troops were able to seize the following enemy war materials: 
 
• one (1) Carbine rifle • one (1) magazine with thirteen (13) live ammunitions for Carbine • one (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED) • fifty (50) meters wire • one (1) switch as triggering device • one (1) generator • one (1) chainsaw • two (2) boxes of 9mm ammunition • two (2) rifle grenades • one (1) magazine of KG9 • various medical supplies/paraphelia. 
The two wounded soldiers were immediately evacuated to the nearest hospital and are now in stable condition. 
 
According to Brigadier General Andres C Centino, 401st Brigade launched a security operation in Andap Valley complex, particularly in the hinterlands of Lianga and San Agustin, Surigao del Sur in response to the reported presence of CPP-NPA terrorists who started to consolidate as early as first week of October as part of its plan to conduct atrocities against the government forces in line with the CPP-NPA’s “Red October” plot.
 In addition, Brigadier General Centino said that Andap Valley Complex is the staging area of the CPP-NPA whenever it conducts atrocities. Just recently, on October 10, 2018 they murdered Datu Rexan “Loloy” Liwanasan Brital, a Manobo Tribal Leader at Sitio Nalindog, Brgy Bolhoon, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur and last July 10 they attacked a squad composed of regular soldiers and Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA) while installing a water pump for Lindoy farmers in Tago, Surigao del Sur, killing CAA Reymond L. Besinga also a Lumad. 
 
These encounters manifest that the CPP-NPA Terrorists continue to use Andap Valley Complex as their refuge contrary to the claims of the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), said Centino.
 
Once again, we would like to assure the people of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur that the 401st Brigade and its operationally controlled units, will not falter in pursuing the terrorist CPP-NPA that continue to sow fear to our people. Despite the objection of some MAPASU leaders on the presence of soldiers in Andap Valley, we will not stop our security operations in this area as long as the CPP-NPA terrorists continue to exploit the masses and conduct atrocities against the people, ended BGen Centino

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