Posted to Kalinaw News (May 11, 2020): Army clash with NPA in Surigao Sur, one NPA killed. (By 4th Infantry Division)
TAGO, Surigao del Sur – The 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion (36IB) clashed with the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the hinterlands and unhibited area of Vic Katarugan, Sitio Avelino, Brgy Cabangahan, Cantilan, this province today May 11, 2020 at around 8:20 in the morning.
With the reports tip off by locals and nearby communities of the presence of the CNTs conducting extortion and posing threat on the said place. Troops of 36IB immediately responded to the said reports and conducted combat operation on the said area.
Upon reaching the vicinity, the troops were able to track down the pinpointed location and encountered more or less 10 fully armed CNTs believed to be members of Sandatahang Unit Pampropaganda (SYP) 16C1, Guerilla Front (GF16) of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) under @Jacob.
The exchange of fires lasted for about 5 mins and the enemy withdraw to northeast direction leaving their comrade and firearms behind. Engage troops overrun their location and determined bloodstains scattered on the path of enemy withdrawal. While, scouring the troops recovered one NPA killed and one (1) AK 47 with live ammunition, enemy personal belongings and documents with high intelligence value.
In a statement, Lt Col Jezreel Diagmel, Commanding Officer of 36IB said that it is the result of the relentless combat operation and the support of the communities in the 36IB area of operation.
“With the support of the locals and communities, we easily track down the enemy. It is a manifestation that the growing support of the communities is a response that they don’t want the CPP-NPA in their area,” Ltc Diagmel said.
He further added that unit grief with the slain NPA as they are also victims of futile arm and struggle and failed ideology
“I call on the remaining CPP-NPA terrorist to surrender now and return to the folds of the law. Lay down your arms and return to your families. Avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program ( E-CLIP), the government intervention package for former rebels. The cadaver of the killed NPA will be turn-over to the Brgy Officials and PNP for identification and post-mortem examination.
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