CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – Two (2) unidentified members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist killed in their own attack against a CAFGU Detachment in Sitio Kakha, Barangay Talalak, in Sta. Catalina town, Negros Oriental at about 4:55 in the morning of June 21, 2019.

The 94th Infantry (Mandirigma) Battalion reported that more or less ten (10) fully armed members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist attacked the said CAFGU Detachment which prompted the troops to immediately fire back. The exchange of fire lasted for about thirty (30) minutes which resulted to recovery of two (2) slain bodies, and various war items including one (1) magazine long (plastic) of M16; two (2) magazine short (steel) of M16; twenty-five (25) ammunitions of M16; three (3) ammunitions of M14; one (1) unexploded hand grenade (w/o pin); electrical wire; one (1) empty shell of M203; one (1) bandolier; assorted medicines, and other personal belongings. No one was hurt on the government’s side.

MGen Dinoh Dolina, the Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division emphasized that “This is another cowardly act of anti-people, anti-peace and anti-development communist-terrorists who are desperate enough to hamper the peace and security efforts of our troops in the area. Unfortunately, they failed to do so, since our troops managed to counter the attack. This clearly shows that our troops are always ready for any attacks, and prepared to defend the people at all times”. “That’s why I am always telling our troops to never stop hunting this traitor and cold-blooded CPP-NPA

Terrorist so as to prevent them from destroying not only peace and development but also innocent lives of the Negrenses,” MGen Dolina stressed. Further, Dolina reiterated his call to the remaining members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist to lay down their arms, abandon armed movement and embrace the culture of peace. “Armed struggle cannot solve any of your problems. It will only make your situation even worse and will cause suffering to your families. Many of your comrades have already received assistance from the government’s integration program; why not follow their path for you to start a new life. Your Army and PNP together with the community are willing to help you on your mainstreaming,” he added.

Sta. Catalina along with other municipalities in Negros Oriental used to be the hotbed of the CPP-NPA Terrorist in Eastern Negros taking advantage of the poor economic situation of the populace; hence the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) passed a resolution declaring the communist-terrorist group persona non grata last March, 12, 2019. The PPOC believed that the atrocities perpetrated by the group are manifestation of betrayal of achieving peace, thus, disrupting peace and order situation in the province.