Thursday, January 28, 2016

NPA Leave Behind Dead Female Comrade

MAWAB, COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE - NPAs belonging to Guerilla Front 71 left behind one of their dead female comrades and M653 rifle popularly known as a “baby armalite” after an armed clash with soldiers of 73rd Infantry Battalion at Sitio Tinungkaan, Brgy Datu Danwata, Malita, Davao Occidental in the early morning of January 27, 2016.

The armed encounter occurred when the soldiers chanced upon around 20 NPAs led by alias Joey at the said place at around 5 o'clock in the morning. After an hour of firefight, the NPAs scampered in different directions leaving behind their dead comrade.

Lt. Col. Ronnie Babac, the commander of 73IB said that they are still on the process of determining the identity of the dead female NPA left behind by her comrades.

This latest incident is part of the continuing efforts of 73IB to force the remnants of the NPAs operating in the boundaries of Davao Occidental and Sarangani to abandon the armed struggle, return to the folds of the law and live peaceful and progressive lives together with the majority of the Filipino people.

It can be recalled that the NPAs in the said area suffered major debacles in 2014 and 2015. In October 1, 2014 at Brgy Kinangan, Malita, three NPAs were killed and two captured, 12 high-powered firearms and three IEDs were recovered. On February 16, 2015, seven NPAs were killed and nine high powered firearms and three IEDs were recovered in Brgy Datal Anggas, Sarangani Province.

Source: Division Public Affairs Office, 10th ID, PA 

MGen Rafael Valencia, commander of 10th Infantry Division, lauded the bravery of the soldiers while he expressed his grief on the death of the amazon. “We extend our condolences to the bereaved family of the fallen amazon,” says MGen Valencia. “It is now high time for the CPP-NPA to realize the futility of the armed struggle, which has only brought miseries to many Filipino families,” MGen Valencia added.

The soldiers of 73IB are now conducting pursuit operations to the fleeing NPAs.

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