Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Fugitive High-ranking NPA Leader, Partner Slain in Trento Clash

NSFA Panacan, Davao City
– A fugitive top-ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leader and his wife who also served as a medic of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) were killed in an encounter with the troops in Barangay Sta. Maria, Trento, Agusan del Sur on April 26, 2021.

NPA’s Guerrilla Front North, Sub-Regional Command-1, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee Secretary Danny Huit alias Bosyong and his wife, Naneth G. Catalino alias Bambam/Keith, were slain after a skirmish with the troops of the 67th Infantry Battalion (67th IB) who pursued the couple after receiving a tip-off from a resident about the presence of armed individuals.

Huit had been on a wanted list for several charges including one count of frustrated murder, one count of homicide, two counts of arson, and one count of rebellion which are pending before Regional Trial Court Branches 7, 3, and 32 in Baganga, Davao Oriental; Nabunturan, Davao de Oro; and Lupon, Davao Oriental, respectively.

Col. Oliver C. Maquiling, Commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade who operationally holds the 67th IB, lauded the relentless efforts of the troops to secure the communities by running after the communist terrorists.

MGen. Ernesto C. Torres, the Commander of the 10th Infantry Division, also commended the troops for standing by their mandate of protecting the people from lawless elements, adding that they will not give the enemies a chance to bring more terror among peace-loving communities.

Meanwhile, the Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) MGen. Greg T. Almerol also praised the active participation of the community by immediately reporting suspicious individuals to authorities.

“The sustained coordination between the troops and the people is the key to the Command’s goal of building an insurgency-free and resilient communities. Without their firm support, we cannot fully uproot the evils brought by the CTG,” MGen. Almerol said.

MGen. Almerol reiterated his call for the remaining members of the CTGs to yield to the government peacefully instead of stubbornly fighting for a cause that only sows terror and violence.

“Choosing to die for a cause that has already claimed several innocent lives is not a noble act. The blood of the people you killed for your selfish political agenda will forever haunt you. History will only absolve you if you choose to surrender peacefully and help the country in building a peaceful and progressive Philippines,” MGen. Almerol said, addressing the CTG members who remain in the armed struggle.

EastMinCom’s units have already assisted several rebels who peacefully surrendered to the government in building a prosperous and peaceful life through livelihood, financial, housing, and scholarship benefits from the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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