Thursday, November 5, 2020

Former rebel leads 23rd IB troopers to concealed CNT firearms

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte
– A vital information that was given by a former combatant of the Communist New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorist (CNT) has led the troopers of 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion to an area where firearms and ammunition were concealed.

On October 31, 2020, at around 4:30 p.m., a team from 23rd IB was dispatched to Sitio Fatima in Barangay Ibuan, Las Nieves town where firearms were uncovered, including one (1) modified US Carbine M1 rifle with serial no. 774322; one (1) .38 caliber revolver with serial no. 796451; and seven (7) rounds of .30 carbine ammunition.

The place where the said firearms and ammunition were hidden was pinpointed by alias JR/BADOY/BEBS, 24, the team leader of Squad Dos, SDG CAOCAO of the Guerrilla Front (GF) 4A of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the CNT who surrendered to the forces of 23rd IB last September 29, 2020. Alias JR said the firearms and ammunition were left behind by the withdrawing remnants of Sentro De Grabidad (SDG) CAOCAO, GF4-A, NCMRC after an encounter in Sitio Landing, Barangay Tungao in Butuan City last July 7, 2020.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Acting Commanding Officer of 23rd IB lauded the courage of Alias JR who manifested his true intent of abandoning the communist movement and return to his normal life.

“We thank Alias JR for his active cooperation with us. His willingness to help will boost the unified efforts of all stakeholders to end the local communist armed conflicts in Agusan del Norte,” Paulo said.

He also recognized the sincerity of Alias JR and the rest of the former rebels in coming back to the fold of the law and their contributions in accomplishing the mission of the Army in the area.

“The FRs who are now staying at the halfway house inside our camp is really helping us in protecting the communities that they exploited when they were still active in the CNT movement,” Paulo said.

He also called on the constituents and stakeholders to help the government fight insurgency by refusing entry into their communities the CNTs.

“The purpose of these terrorists in your communities is to harass, intimidate, and manipulate you. This group will bring no peace and development in our areas but hardships and adversities. Report immediately to the Army the presence of the CNTs in your communities,” Paulo said.

He also pointed out that reports of concerned civilians helped the 23rd IB recover firearms, ammunition, and thwart plans of the CNTs to conduct extortion and other terroristic activities in the areas of Agusan del Norte.

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

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