Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NPA member surrenders, several others apprehended as Army and PNP intensify operations in Bukidnon

Camp Osito D. Bahian - Three (3) NPA bandits were apprehended by the combined troops of the 1st Special Forces Battalion and Bukidnon Provincial Public Safety Company in Brgy. Licoan, Sumilao, Bukidnon on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, around 11:50 am, after the troops conducted security and law enforcement operations in the area.

The operation, which was in response to a report that was tipped by a concerned citizen about the presence of armed individuals in the area, led to the apprehension of Rey S. Lomingka alias Patrick or Tikboy and Roger D. Ayombo alias Delfin, both residents of Brgy. Licoan, Sumilao, and a certain Romeo B. Salilo alias Piolo or Rose, a resident of Brgy. Nangka, Libona, Bukidnon.

Found in their possession are the following: one (1) M653 Rifle with two (2) magazines and 45 live ammunitions, one (1) M14 rifle with two (2) magazines and 40 live ammunitions, one (1) caliber .22 rifle, two (2) fragmentary hand grenades, one (1) caliber .38 revolver with nine (9) live ammunitions, subversive documents, and other personal belongings.

The apprehended individuals were immediately turned over to Bukidnon PNP for filing of appropriate charges.

In a separate incident, an NPA member surrendered to the 1st Special Forces Battalion on August 24, 2017, around 4:00 pm, bringing along one (1) M653 Rifle, two (2) magazines, and 37 live ammunitions. Alias Brendo (not his true name) confessed to the troops during an interview that he got tired of the false promises of the NPA. He will be enrolled to the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government where he will receive an immediate assistance of Fifteen Thousand Pesos (Php 15,000.00) and a livelihood assistance of Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000.00). He will also get paid for the firearm that he surrendered coming from the remuneration program under the CLIP.

Meanwhile, COL ERIC C VINOYA INF (GSC) PA, Commander, 403rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade, appreciated the troops' professionalism during the successful conduct of law enforcement operations.

"It is very fortunate that during the incident, these NPA bandits did engage our troops in a firefight. I congratulate our troops, as well as our PNP counterparts, not only for the successful conduct of this operation but also for the high level of professionalism that they displayed in the performance of their mandate by respecting the provisions of Human Rights and by upholding the provisions of the International Humanitarian Law during this incident," Col. Vinoya said.

He also encouraged other members of the armed group "who are still entangled with the ill-motivated armed struggle and false promises of the NPA to lay down their arms, surrender, and return to the folds of the law and take advantage of the CLIP and other programs of the government."

Source: 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army

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