Sunday, December 1, 2019

Declaration of persona non grata to CTG led to armed engagement with EMC troops

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Units under Eastern Mindanao Command figured in various encounters in North Eastern Mindanao as a result of the continuous flow of information from the communities and their declaration of persona non grata against the Communist Terrorist Group CTG) in the Region.

Early morning of November 30, 2019, elements of 23rd Infantry Battalion acting on information from the barangay encountered an undetermined number of CTGs in Sitio Salvacion, Brgy Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City.

The firefight, which lasted for about 15 minutes, resulted in the death of one CTG member, recovery of two AK47 rifles; and two M653 Baby Armalite rifles.

The cadaver was properly turned-over to the Philippine National Police for proper disposition.

In a separate instance, patrolling elements of 88th Infantry Battalion figured in a running gun battle with the CTGs being monitored in the uninhabited and forested areas of “Natampod” Brgy Lumintao, Quezon, Bukidnon at about eight o'clock in the morning of November 30, 2019. It is believed that the terrorists suffered casualties during the said skirmish.

Meanwhile, firearms and various ammunitions were recovered after
elements from 29th Infantry Battalion chanced upon members of CTG around 4:30 in the afternoon on November 27, 2019, at Sitio Manhupaw, Brgy Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

The CTGs, believed to be the same group that was encountered by the same unit on November 21, 2019, at the same area, scampered to different directions leaving one M4A1 rifle, one M14 rifle, one M203 Grenade Launcher, personal belongings subversive documents and paraphernalia.

"The NPAs are running out of space as communities vanished them from their places by declaring them persona non grata, these encounters are results of information by the communities leading our troops on their whereabouts." Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command said.

He further directed units to sustain the momentum of running after the armed group.

"Let us, therefore, take advantage of the support of the communities and maximize our capability in running the armed group and make them understand the aspiration of communities of a peaceful environment and realize the strong resolve of the government to end conflict and the futility of the armed struggle they are embracing" Lt. Gen Santos Jr., added.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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