From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Feb 27): SUSTAINED OPERATIONS | 3 NPAs Dead, 8 Surrendered and 2 Apprehended in Caraga
BANCASI, Butuan City (DWDD) – Since January 01 this year, a total of three (3) NPAs death in an encounter, eight (8) surrendered and two (2) were apprehended in Caraga Region as result of the ongoing campaign of the Philippine Army’s 402nd Infantry Brigade (402Bde) against Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples’ Army terrorists (CNTs) says Brigadier General Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander of the 402Bde stationed at Bancasi, Butuan City.
For the span of 57 days or almost two months, the military in Caraga specifically the 402nd Infantry Brigade of 4th Infantry Division gained major accomplishments in protecting the people of Caraga.
The death of three (3) CNTs was the result of the clash with the troops of 29th Infantry Battalion in the hinterlands of Brgy Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte last February 12, 2018.
The arrest of Leonida Guao also known as (AKA) Leah/Ligaya/Laya, finance officer of the CPPNPA Komisyon Mindanao (KOMMID) last February 2, 2018, at Barangay Bading, Butuan City was a product of collaboration and partnership of the military with other law enforcement agencies.
“The result of brigade’s focused military operations recorded a total of 8 encounters that led to the capture of fifteen (15) firearms, forty-six (46) improvised explosive devices and the discovery of five (5) NPA terrorist encampments”, says BGen Gacal to the media during the visit of Major General Ronald Villanueva 4th Infantry Division Commander in 402Bde Headquarters last February 19, 2018.
A community support programs (CSP) are now being undertaken by different units under the brigade to support the development of disaster and conflict resiliency in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas and other NPA terrorists affected barangays in the area of Caraga.
“The NPA terrorists in Caraga are now weakened since civilians are withdrawing their support from them. They are giving us reports on their presence in communities that is contributing to the success of our effort in peace building.” Gacal told.
“Our focused military operations and community support programs will continue and we will intensify our information collection in order to track down the terrorists and we intend to hit them hard. The government’s efforts against the CPP-NPA terrorists are relentless. We will not stop here. We will continue with our anti-terrorist and counter-terrorist operations to foster the foundation for inclusive economic and human development of the Caraganons” BGen Gacal added. 4DPAO / MCAG