Monday, November 2, 2020

3 CPP-NPA Terrorists die in a recent encounter in Surigao Del Sur

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City –
Three (3) CPP-NPA Terrorists died in a recent encounter with the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion in Pangi, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur over the weekend, October 31, 2020.

According to Lt. Col. Jezreel Diagmel, Commanding Officer of 36IB, at around 1 P.M. on October 31, a platoon of soldiers responded to the report that more or less 40 CNTs were conducting extortion activity in the hinter areas of Barangay Pangi when they encounter the armed group.

“While proceeding to the reported location of the CNTs, our soldiers were able to locate their hideout at the mountainous areas of Barangay Pangi at around 1 PM. The firefight broke out when the enemy fired towards our operating troops prompting them to return fire. The encounter lasted for about 40 minutes since the enemy fought hard to hold their ground considering that they are superior in number during the incident. Fortunately, our forces outmaneuvered them which resulted in the death of three (3) terrorists”, Diagmel said.

The armed group belongs to the CPP-NPA’s Platoon 1, Guerilla Front 30 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee under Joel Mahinay alias Nicko.

The soldiers seized three (3) M16 rifles two (2) of which are attached with M203 Grenade Launchers, one (1) AK47 rifle, and two cal. 22 rifles.

Twenty jungle hammock, 21 backpacks, and voluminous subversive documents, and several cellphones, sim cards, and memory cards were also seized by the government troops from the CPP-NPA Terrorists.

Meanwhile, Major General Andres C Centino, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Diamond, said that the communist terrorists in Caraga are now extorting money even from the farmers and small businesses because they can hardly sustain their forces due to the massive Focused Military Operations (FMOs) of the AFP in the region.

“Our forces will continue to pursue these bandits until they stop their extortion and atrocities or they surrender to the government. This is the only way to defeat them. Without resources they will not be able to survive”, said MGen Centino.

The cadavers of the three (3) terrorists were turned-over by 36IB to local police for proper disposition.

Source: Division Public Affairs Office, Joint Task Force Diamond, Philippine Army

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