CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – A New People’s Army (NPA) was captured and two high powered rifles were seized during a series of clash between members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1) of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) and 58th Infantry Battalion (IB) in the hinterlands of So Kalahaan, Barangay Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental Sunday Morning, September 20, 2020.
The captured male NPA was later identified by his former comrade as Arnel Ayuma Ramos alias Green, 32 years old and a squad leader of Sentro de Grabidad, MTJ, SRC1 who was hit on his right thigh and right arm, and a resident of So Anahaw, Barangay Bantaawan, Gingoog City. The troops upon noticing the severity of his situation immediately applied first aid to save the life of the captured NPA.
The 58th IB conducted Focused Military Operations following the condemnation and reports of the residents on the wrong doings of the armed group who are threatening the lives of the residents. The first clash happened at around 8:20 in the morning that led to the recovery of One M16 rifle, One AK47 rifle, one bandolier and the captivity of said NPA. Another clash transpired at 12 noon while the troops were pursuing the fleeing enemy wherein they recovered six backpacks with personal belongings and assorted medical paraphernalia.
Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, the Commanding Officer of 58th IB said, “we encourage the remaining members of the NPA to lay down their arms and live peaceful and normal lives to avoid the unnecessary waste of lives. However, those who will persist in hindering peace, we will continue to use force to protect the people.”
Lt. Col. Canatoy also extended his warm gratitude to the residents for cooperating with the government. The wounded high-ranking NPA was turned over to the 4th Infantry Division, Camp Evangelista Station Hospital and is now recuperating.