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4ID troops capture 2 wounded Female CNTs after recent clash in Butuan City  

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Troops of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division successfully captured two (2) wounded female CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital in Bgry Libertad, Butuan City early dawn today, January 25, 2024. 

The 402nd Infantry Brigade and its operationally controlled unit, the 23rd Infantry Battalion, together with the elements of Police Regional Office-13 (PRO13), immediately launched a Joint Intelligence Operations after receiving reports that 2 CNTs, who sustained multiple gunshots during a clashed against 23IB troops in Brgy Bitan-agan, Butuan City, were evacuated and medically treated in Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital.

402nd Brigade Commander BGen. Adonis Ariel Orio said that yesterday afternoon, January 24, troops of the 23IB under Lt. Col. Jeffrey Balingao, the Commanding Officer, figured in a 10-minute encounter against more or less 10 CNTs believed to be under the Platoon 2 of the so-called Sub-Regional Sentro De Gravidad (SRSDG) Sagay, Sub Regional Committee 3 (SRC3) of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) in Brgy. Bitan-agan, Butuan City which resulted in the capture of one (1) M653 Rifle, bandoliers, backpacks and assorted personal belongings of the CNTs.  

“The captured CNTs are identified as Dangga Ayuma Huliao alias Senyang/Mara/Mekay, the Medical Staff of the so-called Headquarters Force NEO of NCMRC, a resident of So. Roa-Roa, Brgy. Umagos, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental; and Mylene Odayao Domino alias Mayan, Member of Platoon 2, SRSDG Sagay, SRC3, NCMRC, a resident of Brgy. Agsabu, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. They will continue to be treated and accorded with necessary assistance until they fully recuperate. This is in line with our strict adherence to the respect of the human rights and to the provisions under the international humanitarian law. We are now coordinating with the PRO13 for filing of appropriate cases against the said CNTs,” BGen. Orio added.  

It can also be recalled, that on January 16, the same terrorist group, the SRSDG Sagay, clashed against the 23IB troops, which resulted to the death of 2 CNTs and the capture of 3 High-Powered Firearms of the CTG at Sitio Calaitan, Brgy. Simbalan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

In a statement, 4ID Commander Maj. Gen. Jose Maria R Cuerpo II expressed his utmost gratitude to the civilian residents who continue to cooperate and stand vigilant against the communist terrorist criminals. He also lauded the troops’ resilience and encouraged them to continue serving with dedication until lasting peace for every communities will be achieved.

“We shall continue to be relentless in our combat operations and hunt down those who continue to fight the government and sow violence as a means to promote their own agenda. Hence, while there are still opportunities to return to your families and live normal lives, heed our call of peace and surrender now. With the people and all instrumentalities of the government rallying behind us, you will not win this fight,” He added.

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