Tago, Surigao del Sur - Army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion, Philippine Army under 402nd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army battled members of CPP-NPA terrorists (CNTs) in Vic Bibian, Brgy Mampi, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur at around 11:20 am. of June 22, 2019.
The government troops were responding to the reports from local populace of NPA terrorist extorting from the people when they encountered MOL 6 CNTs believed to be members of SPP1, WGF30, NEMRC under Joel Mahinay @Nico at Vic Bibian, Brgy Mampi, Lanuza, SDS. Firefight lasted for about ten minutes after which the enemy scampered to different directions.
While scouring the encounter site, government troops apprehended 6 civilians carrying foodstuff and CNT's supplies who were identified as Lisa Bacor Clorina, 39 y/o, Isagani De Castro Nazareno, 36 y/o, Gino De Castro Nazareno, 42y/o, Cyrel Nazareno, 30y/o, Juan de Castro Nazareno, 28 y/o, Cherry Mae Maquiling, 31y/o all resident of Brgy Gamuton, Lanuza SDS.
Items captured were four (4) cartons corn beef, one (1) box bihon, one (1) gal cooking oil, one (1) gal soy sauce, one (1) gal vinegar, four (4) trays fresh egg, one (1) pack biscuits, twenty-four (24) pcs noodles, four (4) empty container, thirty-six (36) pcs sardines, five (5) pads notebook and pencils, two (2) habal2x motor cycle and assorted ingredients.
Based on Article 4, Part 4 of the International Humanitarian Law states that, “civilian population and civilians shall be treated such and shall be distinguished from combatants and together with their property, and not be the object of attack”
LTC XERXES A TRINIDAD INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of 36IB, in his statement, "We strongly condemn the extortion of the CNTs victimizing innocent civilians. It is also disheartening that CPP-NPA Terrorist threatens the civilians and use them as their courier for their futile cause. This is another Violation of the International Humanitarian Law 36 VALOR and a complete disrespect to the rule of law. Civilians must be spared and must not be utilized in any armed conflict."
"The relentless combat operations in the areas are meant to drive the NPA terrorists away and to protect the communities from threat and extortion. To the remaining CNTs, stop
threatening and using civilians and non-combatant, spare them of your treachery and deception. It is not too late, join the government in giving true service to humanity and attaining the peace we all wanted, surrender now and avail the ECLIP of the government,” LTC Trinidad added.
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