TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur – Troops of 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion and a number of Terrorist New People’s Army clashed in an unpopulated and forested area along So. Kapagangan, Brgy Weguam, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, Monday afternoon, November 25, 2019.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Romeo C. Jimenea, Commanding Officer of 26IB, an armed group believed to be members of NPA was seen roaming near the forested area of So. Kapagangan as reported by a concerned citizen in the area.
“Our troops immediately conducted a strike operation in the area to confirm the said information and subsequently an encounter occured”, Lt Col Jimenea said.
The said encounter lasted for five (5) minutes which resulted to the recovery of one (1) AR18 assault rifle with serial number 9075757 loaded with a magazine containing fourteen (14) rounds of ammunitions, one (1) KG9 pistol with serial number 62834947 loaded with a magazine containing five (5) rounds of ammunitions, one (1) hand grenade and one (1) back pack with personal belongings and subversive documents after which the enemies withdrew to the direction of So. San Jose of Barangay Weguam.
Meanwhile, no casualties inflicted on the government troops while undetermined number of enemies were wounded based on the bloodstains discovered in the encounter site.
According to the intelligence report, the encountered Communist Terrorists are members of Sub Regional Committee (SRC) Southland of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) of the Communist Party of the Philippines' (CPP) New People’s Army (NPA), conducting recruitment and atrocities in the area.
“I am very glad that the local populace in the said community are very much active and cooperative in our fight against these terrorists NPA. This only manifest that our campaign thru EO 70 in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict are heartedly understood and accepted by the people”, Lt Col Jimenea added.
"We will continue to pursue these terrorists NPA at any cost. With the help of the people in the countryside who are tired of their atrocities, we will hit those NPAs again. However, I plea to the remaining members of the NPA to lay down your arms, surrender to the government, return to your families alive and enjoy the benefits of ECLIP. Do not wait that you will be brought back to your families lifeless”. Lt Col Jimenea ended.
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