Monday, March 4, 2019

Troops foil NPA attacks

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Troops from different units of Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) foiled CPP-NPA Terrorist Group after they were encountered in five instances in different areas over the weekend.

This came after the CPP's Jose Maria Sison directed the New Peoples Army to conduct atrocities across the country.

Responding on the reported arms cache in So Sil-angon, Brgy Cawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon, troops deployed by 1003rd Infantry Brigade figured in a firefight against Communist NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) in the said area at about 10:30 in the morning of March 2, 2019.

The brief skirmish led to the death one CNTG member and the seizure of three shotgun.

Earlier at about 9:30 AM of same day March 2, 2019, one team from 3rd Special Forces Battalion, while conducting security operations encountered an undetermined number of CNTGs at Barangay Mabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. The brief encounter caused the life Cpl Ambert C. Maramag.

In a separate instance, at about 9:20 AM of March 2, 2019, troops from 30th Infantry Battalion, while responding to a reported presence of CNTG in Sitio Katikoyan, Barangay Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte was fired upon by undetermined numbers of CNTG that led to a 20-minute firefight.

The CNTGs scampered to different directions leaving a bandoleer containing AK47 ammunition, one anti-personnel mine, one hundred (100) meters detonation wire, Motorola HH radio, and other belongings.

Late afternoon of March 1, 2019, troops from the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion, while on the process of validating the reported presence of CNTG in Barangay San Roque, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur likewise figured in an encounter with undetermined CNTGs thereat. The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes with no casualty reported on both sides.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command attributes the foiling of the attacks with the cooperation of the communities.

"The foiling of the evil plan of the CNTG is brought about by the information from the communities, the CNTGs are losing space to hide and run," Lt. Gen. Santos Jr. said.

"The NPAs should read the message that they are not welcome in the communities, instead of continuously joining the armed group in futility they should lay down their arms and join the mainstream, our doors are open and willing to assist in their surrender," he added.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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