Monday, November 16, 2020

Pursuit Operation Sparks Another Armed Encounter in Paquibato District, 2 NPA Terrorists Killed and High-powered Firearms Recovered

– Government forces pursuit operations spark another armed clash against Communist Terrorist Group under ARIAN JANE OCHETA RAMOS alias MARIKIT at around 9:40 AM, November 15, 2020, at Sitio Lower Mapula, Brgy Mapula, Paquibato District, Davao City.

After the encounter on November 14, 2020, at Sitio Quibilog, Brgy Mapula, Paquibato District, Davao City, pursuing troops of 89th Infantry “MAKATAO” Battalion led by LT MAVERICK J SACAY PA under the operational control of 27th Infantry “ACTION” Battalion again encountered the fleeing CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNT) under alias MARIKIT.

The firefight lasts for about 15 minutes forcing the bewildered CNTs to scamper in different directions leaving behind two (2) NPA terrorists killed, two (2) M16 rifles, two (2) magazines for the M16 rifle, two (2) handheld radios, two (2) hammocks and a backpack containing personal belongings.

The duo was later identified by former comrades as Archie Sagan-a alias BOGARD, male, Team Leader, Baking Squad, Tersera, and a resident of Sitio Saluruyan, Barangay Sto. Domingo, San Fernando, Bukidnon, and Ryan Ligkat alias RYAN, male, Squad Leader, Tersera from Sitio Peroy, Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao Del Norte, both members of the same NPA group.

After presenting the killed NPA terrorists to the barangay officials of Brgy Mapula headed by Brgy Chairperson Honorable Flora Manyawron, the cadaver of the two (2) NPA terrorists were brought by the responding government troops to Panabo City for appropriate funeral service.

Saddened by the untimely death of the duo, LTC VICTORINO M SEÑO INF (GSC) PA, Commander, 27IB, 10ID, PA expresses his condolences to the bereaved family of the killed NPA terrorists. He assures that the cadaver of the duo will be escorted to their respective families and will be given appropriate funeral service and decent burial. Meanwhile, LTC SEÑO again appeals to the remaining members of GF55 to surrender in order to prevent a similar fate to happen.

“While the government forces will extend its might to those who will attempt to terrorize the community and insist on armed revolution, we also extend our helping hands to those who intend to surrender,” he added.

BGEN NOLASCO A MEMPIN PA, 1003rd Brigade Commander also conveys his condolences to the families of alias BOGARD and alias RYAN.

"It is disheartening that lives were lost out of the deceptive propaganda by the CPP-NPA terrorists. Thus, I am again appealing to the remaining NPAs to lay down your arms and reunite with your family. Take advantage of the offer of the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Program (ECLIP) and be with your loved ones. It is the best gift that you can give to your family waiting for you and longing for your presence particularly this coming holiday season," he said.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 27th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Agila, PA

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