CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte – After a series of clash between the troops of the 29th Infantry “Matatag” Battalion and the members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), a wounded CTG leader was rescued after he was abandoned by his comrades at the hinterlands of Brgy Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on May 19, 2022.
The series of encounters between the operating troops of 29IB and the CTGs of Guerilla Front 16 (GF16) under Rolando Leyson Jr alias Kumander Edroy, Front Secretary of GF16 led to the discovery of the enemy encampment. While scouring the perimeter of the enemy encampment, army troops saw a heavily wounded CTG member hiding behind a huge rock.
The wounded NPA is a notorious red fighter who was identified as Elgelbert Bongaos @Cadong, Squad Leader of Sentro De Grabidad (SDG), Guerilla Front 16 (GF16), North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), and was left behind by his fleeing comrades during an intense firefight.
Bongaos is also facing multiple charges for the alleged commission of heinous crimes. He had warrants of arrest for multiple attempted murder, multiple attempted homicide, kidnapping, and serious illegal detention, and other charges issued by the courts in the province of Agusan del Norte. After being appraised of his constitutional rights, Bongaos was properly turned over to Regional Intelligence Division 13 (RID13) for his proper disposition.
With respect to the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHR-IHL) and the value of life, the wounded CTG member was immediately treated and brought to the nearest hospital by the 29IB medical team.
According to Col. Jason M Saldua, Battalion Commander of 29IB, “ I commend the troops for immediately aiding the wounded CTG member to save his life. With that, we want to show the rebels who wish to surrender that, this is how we treat a former rebel who is now under our care. Needless to say, how much premium we give respect to humanity, we will always respect human life and treat the wounded even during armed conflict. Rest assured that the Matatag troopers will always abide by the stated policies, guidelines, and procedure on human rights in all their operations against known enemies of the state to respect and protect the rights of the Filipino citizen.”
“To our brothers and sisters who are still in the ranks of Communist Terrorist Group, lay down your arms, avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits, and start a peaceful life with your family and loved ones”, he added.