Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Army Troopers Discovers Supply Cache in AgSur Town

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte
– The troops of the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion discovered a cache of supplies concealed by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) during the conduct of a joint operation in Barangay Segunda, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on October 7, 2020, at around 07:00 in the morning.

The government troopers discovered and seized ten (10) pieces (pcs) of upper battle dress uniforms (BDUs), fourteen (14) pieces of lower battle dress uniforms, eleven (11) pcs of lousy hats, ten (10) pairs of combat shoes, four (4) bandoleers, one (1) Tupperware, one (1) burner, two (2) backpacks, one (1) M14 Magazine, and assorted civilian clothes.

The items were seized in an abandoned hideout of the CNTs with an area that could accommodate around twenty (20) persons.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Acting Commanding Officer of 23IB cited the help of the concerned citizens in the area that helped the Army to recover the said supplies.

“The concerned citizens provided us with timely and positive information about the presence of CNTs in the area. Through the cooperation of our civilian stakeholders, we can easily thwart the hostile plans of the CNTs and their recruitment activities in the communities,” Paulo said.

He also encouraged the residents to help the Army secure their communities by reporting directly to the location of the CNTs.

“Before these CNTs can conduct harassment and intimidation in your communities, it is helpful that you provide us the timely information so that our soldiers can immediately react and foil the terroristic plans of the rebels,” Paulo said.

Helping the Army through information will not only ensure the peace and security of communities but also save the lives of residents who are targets of harassment and extortion activities of the NPA, he added.

“We also encourage our parents and the elders to take care of their children as they are the targets of indoctrination of the CNTs,” Paulo said.

He emphasized that the CNT ideology is destructive as it will take away the good future of the children and the youth.

“Don’t make them fall prey to the deceptions of the CNTs, especially their recruiters who are often gifted with sweet tongues that cover the real picture of their ideology and their movement. Let us protect our children and help them access the best education given by our government,” Paulo said.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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