(By 10TH INFANTRY DIVISION)
BAGANGA, DAVAO ORIENTAL – Five (5)members of the New People’s Army (NPA) fired at 67IB troopswhile conducting security patrol and information drive in relation to COVID-19 activities on April 11, 2020, 10:20 in the morning at SitioTagtigbao, Brgy Mahan-ub, Baganga,Davao Oriental persuading the troops to retaliate.
Prior to the encounter, the 67IB troops were having dialogue with the populace of SitioTagtigbaoand SitioCasunugan when one NPA member @RONRON voluntarily surrendered with high-powered firearm to the patrol base Commander of Delta Company, 67IB.Likewise, one of the resident of SitioTagtigbao spilled information that there were presence of NPA who were forcing the civilians to give them a portion of the distributed relief goods from the government. Relatively, @RONRONcorroborated that there were still other members meandering around the area.
Acting on the said information, 2LT JOSEPH S DE LEON (INF) PA, Platoon Leader Alpha Company together with two (2) squads conducted security patrol to validate the said report. After which, the troopswere fired upon by five (5) NPA membersat vicinity SitioTagtigbao, Brgy Mahan-ub, Baganga, DOR. The firefight lasted ten (10) minutes with no casualty on the government side, whereas, the NPAs were unsuccessful and scamperedin southwest direction.
Furthermore, the declaration of the unilateral ceasefire by the government started on March 26, 2020 to address the call of U.N Secretary General Antonio Guterres to focus our efforts and resources in fighting the Pandemic COVID-19. It was clear that what happened was a violation of the said agreement.
“Taliwalasaatongpag-obserbasaSemana Santa, anggibuhatsa NPA nagpamatu-odngadilisilamatinud-anon sakasabutanugwalanilagihataganugbiliangpagpaningkamotsaatonggobyernobatoksapagsugposakrisisngaatonggiatubang. Ilanggipakitaang way ayongaprinsipyougkatuohan, ug mas nagpatigbabawangilangpolitical agenda nagubaonangatonggobyerno. Sadugang pa,angnakapasubopag-ayokay nag-antosnaangkatawhanugnagsaligsaayudasagobyerno, gusto pa ilugonsamgaNPA. Rest assured that despite of concentrating our efforts to combat this Pandemic COVID-19, the 67IB will remain steadfast in fighting the insurgency in the Province of Davao Oriental.”LTC DEMA-ALA, 67IB Commanding Officer.
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