Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Two NPAs neutralized in Surigao del Sur

SAN AGUSTIN, Surigao del Sur – Two Communist Terrorists NPA (CNTs) died in a recent encounter with government troops in San Agustin town, Surigao del Sur last January 24, 2019. An M14 rifle, anti-personnel mines, and ammunition were seized by the troops from the lawless elements. Subversive documents and other war materials were also seized at the encounter site.

A platoon of soldiers who were part of the operating troops under 401st Brigade was conducting security operations in the hinterlands of Sitio Kabulohan, Barangay Buhisan in San Agustin town when more or less 10 NPAs fired at them prompting them to return fire. The firefight lasted for more or less five minutes after which the armed group scampered in different directions.

The 10 NPAs were believed to be members of Sub-Region Committee Southland, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee led by Felizardo Valdez, also known as “Ado.”

According to Brigadier General Andres Centino, the security operations against the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the boundary of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur started since December last year after they abducted the GAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAA) and two soldiers in Barangay New Tubigon in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. The NPAs took the CAAs and soldiers and used them as human shields until now.

“Our security operations intend to go after the armed groups responsible for the abduction. As of today, our operating troops already figured in a series of encounters with these terrorists, in fact, several enemy hideouts were already discovered, subversive documents and war materials seized," he added.

The two cadavers are still in the area as of this time. The operating troops were not able to immediately extricate them due to bad weather. The soldiers will exert their best efforts to extricate them as soon as possible and turn-over them to the PNP and Barangay Officials for identification and proper disposition.

"We extend our condolences to the families of these two NPAs. We are once again saddened that lives were lost but as members of the AFP, it is our duty to protect the greater majority by running after those who continue to sow fear to our people. We therefore enjoin everybody, especially our local officials to help us encourage those who are still inside the CPP-NPA organizations to abandon the armed struggle now and return to the folds of the law and heed to the government’s call for peace," BGen. Centino said. 

Source: 401st Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, PA

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