Posted to Kalinaw News (Apr 15, 2020): Army Captures 6 CNTs, Rescues 3 Minors in Agusan del Norte (By 4th Infantry Division)
CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte- After a series of encounters with the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) due to their violation of the unilateral ceasefire last April 13, 2020, the troops of the 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion captured 6 CNT personalities and rescued 3 minors on the same day at Barangay Cuyago, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.
The said CNT captured personalities were identified as Seljun A. Amol, 24y/o who was recognized by a former rebel (FR) as a former member of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) 16A and who is not in active combat but is currently serving as a recruiter of the youth to join the NPA; Junrell E. Balbero, 24 y/o, one of the target personalities in Brgy. Baleguian tagged as a youth organizer and has a direct link with alias @Gab, who is the Political Instructor of SYP16A; Jainie A. Alatraca, 21y/o, who has a brother who is a former NPA member, who has also taken a noncombat role since late 2015, her parents were also active mass supporters/couriers in Brgy Jaliobong; Jhon T. Sayson, 21y/o, the leader of the newly recruited NPAs; Cristine P. Baghocan, 19 y/o; and James Jusua B. Amolo, 19y/o. All are recruits and attendees of the CNTs’ teach-in while three minors aged 17 y/o were also identified and rescued.
The CNTs have been recruiting minors for some time and have continued their recruitment activities despite the Covid 19 pandemic. The military has unceasingly condemned the CNTs’ recruitment of minors as combatants to join their armed struggle against the government. This strategy of the communist terrorists is a manifestation of their complete disregard for the rights of the minors as well as a violation of the provisions of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection of Children against Abuse Exploitation and Discrimination Act).
According to Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB,” We can see how selfish and insensitive these NPAs are. That while everyone is exerting all their best efforts to solve problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic, these NPAs are busy persisting in their evil deeds recruiting people including minors. Is this what they call assistance to these people? They are deceiving young minds and leading them to a desolate and desperate life.”
“I do not know how many times we need to plead for the people to stop believing the NPAs’ lies. But I am sure of one thing, that we will never get tired of fulfilling our duty to protect our land and our people against the deadly virus that are these NPAs. And we will make sure that, like the scientists and doctors who are targeting the destruction of the pandemic virus, we will also destroy these NPAs if they do not put an end to their evil machinations. So, to all who are still blinded and are in the snares of the NPA’s chain of death, surrender now before it’s too late,” Criste boldly uttered.
The captured CNT personalities were presented to Hon. Napoleon M. Montero, the Municipal Mayor of Jabonga and then brought to the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for inquest proceedings, where they were charged with multiple attempted murder and violation of RA 9516. They were then detained at Jabonga Municipal Police Station while the three rescued minors were confined at the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) of Agusan Del Norte facilities at Bahay Pag- Asa in the Municipality of Tubay and Home for the Girls in Butuan City.
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