Thursday, October 8, 2020

Arson perpetrators brought to justice, 1 NPA captured after an encounter in MisOr

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental - One (1) New People's Army (NPA) member was captured after a 15-minute clash with the troops of the 58th Infantry "Dimalulupig" Battalion in the hinterlands of Barangay Bulahan, Claveria yesterday, October 7, 2020.

The NPA captured alias James is part of the group who perpetrated the burning of service providers of Del Monte Philippines Inc (DMPI) last October 6, 2020, at Sitio Tanambo, Barangay Bulahan, Claveria.

The NPA revealed that they burned the equipment of DMPI due to their persistent stand on their demand for extortion. The encounter also resulted in the captivity of One Anti Personnel Mine and a caliber. 38 pistol.

He also revealed names who serves as the accessory to their crime of arson. According to the new Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 persons will be held liable for those who continue to support and facilitate any means to the CPP NPA terrorist.

The captured 19-year-old male NPA who is a member of Sentro de Grabidad Edot, Subregional Committee 1 of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) is a resident of Barangay Farmbugas, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. He revealed that he was recruited when he was only 17 years old.

The 58th IB conducted pursuit operations following the condemnation and reports of the victims on the wrongdoings of the armed group who burned the service providers of DMPI.

Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy the Commanding Officer of 58th IB said " we call on the remaining members of the NPA to lay down their arms and live a peaceful and normal life and to avoid the unnecessary waste of lives. However, for those who continue to spoil the peace, we will continue to use force to protect the people."

Lt. Col. Canatoy also extended his warm gratitude to the residents for cooperating with the government. The captured NPA will be turned over with the PNP for the appropriate filing of cases.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Ofice, 58th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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