Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur – Another Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) dies and five (5) high-powered firearms were seized in an hour-long encounter between the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) troops under the 4th Infantry Diamond Division and more or less 30 Communist NPA Terrorists under Sub-Regional Sentro De Grabidad (SRSDG) Southland, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee led by Rizaldy Sumonod alias “Mansoy” in Sitio Paradise,barangay Magsaysay, Agusan del Sur on December 18 at about 12:18 noon. Five (5) Firearms were recovered consisting three (3) M16 5.56 caliber rifles, one (1) AK-47 rifle.
Other war materials recovered were; one (1) IHL-banned anti-personnel land mine, nine (9) rounds 40mm M203 grenade launcher ammos, fifty (50) rounds 7.62mm M60 ammos, two (2) sets of commercial radios, fifteen (15) backpacks and personal belongings, medical supplies and equipment, three (3) keypad cellular phones, one (1) touch screen android phone, and twenty (20) meters electrical wire.
The discovered CNT hideout is about 200 square meters (10mx20m) which can accommodate more or less 30 CNTs and had fifteen (15) makeshift tents and kitchen paraphernalia.
With the recent efforts of the National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in exposing the deceptive scheme and the grand conspiracy of the CPP-NPA-NDF within various sectors of society, people in CARAGA, particularly the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), vowed to track down Communist NPA Terrorists and their front group leaders such as the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) to put an end to their countless atrocities and crimes against the people.
It can be recalled that CNT Jevilyn Cullamat, daughter of Bayan Muna Representative Eufemia Campos Cullamat, and top CNT leader and spokesperson of the National Democratic Front (NDF) Mindanao and Komisyun Mindanao (KOMMID) Alvin Loque, suffered the same tragic fate last November 28 and December 10 sequentially in Surigao Del Sur as a result of the vigilance and information gathering of the IP communities.
Communist NPA Terrorists personalities and their front groups were already declared persona-non-grata in the whole Province of Surigao del Sur and in the municipality of Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur where the recent clash between government forces and CNTs ensued.
“The succeeding debacles of the NPA Terrorists in CARAGA only show that people had enough of them. They no longer have a safe haven in the IP communities because for sure they will be reported and tracked down,” Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan INF GSC PA, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, said.
“We are saddened with the fact that another victim of the CPP-NPA-NDF died in vain. We do not want this that is why we need to support the NTF-ELCAC to put an end to the CNTs’ useless struggle by peacefully addressing the root causes of NPA terrorism-that of peace and development program implementation for the conflict-affected and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas where CNTs recruit and conduct Ideological, Political and Organizing works (IPOW),” Brigadier General Allan D Hambala, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander, said.
“We call on the remaining CNTs to bring their firearms and go down to surrender and return to the folds of law. The door towards a peaceful life is always open for those who wish to peacefully surrender. Having that said, we will remain focused and enthusiastic on our mission to end local communist armed conflict in the soonest time possible in the CARAGA region,” Major General Andres C. Centino, Commander of 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, added.
Meanwhile, the identification of the killed NPA Terrorist is yet to be verified.
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