The 4th Infantry Division Philippine Army has confirmed the death of four (4) top leaders from the New People's Army (NPA) during a running gun battle in the provincial borders of Agusan del Norte (AgNor) and Misamis Oriental (MisOr). Major General Franco Nemesio M Gacal, the division commander has verified this information on Thursday, May 14, 2020.
The confirmation came about four (4) days after the series of armed encounters between the government forces and the Guerilla Front Committee 4A (GFC4A) of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) leaving ten (10) NPAs dead.
With the help of former rebels turned peace advocates, eight (8) of the ten (10) dead bodies retrieved which were turned over to the city local government of Gingoog were positively identified.
One was identified as Ian Dela Rama a.k.a “Gian”, the Front Secretary of GFC4A, NCMRC; Rio Amor Yuson a.k.a “Lema”, the Finance Officer of NCMRC; Paquito Namatidong a.k.a “Sangka”, the Platoon Leader of SPP Sikop, GF4A, NCMRC; Peter Mansaginda Pinakilid a.k.a. “Aloy" – Political Officer, GF4A; Gladys Joy Hiponia; a.k.a "George", a member of SPP Kingdom, GF4A, NCMRC; a.k.a "Santol"; and a.k.a "DELFIN” of Lamusig, Butuan City while the remaining other two (2) cadavers are still for identification.
The death of these high ranking leaders of GFC4A and NCMRC and their members attested that the CTG is at the brink of extinction.
The 402nd Infantry Brigade carried out the successful security operation after responding to a call for help from concerned civilians who have been victims of the NPAs extortion and abuses.
MGen. Gacal said, the death of the aforementioned NPAs will definitely degrade the CTG and “brings us closer to eliminating the threats that these groups pose to our security.”
“Ian Dela Rama a.k.a “Gian” the Front Secretary of GFC4A, NCMRC was responsible for numerous human rights violations. He was also held liable and responsible for the killing of some Lumads in the province of AgNor. Justice has been served to all the victims of the NPAs’ lumad killings in the province,” Gacal added.
Likewise, Gacal calls on the remnants of the fleeing CTGs to submit themselves to the nearest community and lay down their arms. “To the remaining members of the New People’s Army, we know that you are tired and exhausted running away from the operating troops. Lay down your arms and you will be safe. A new beginning awaits you together with your families and loved ones in a life where there’s no room for chaos and hardship," Gacal underscored
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