CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed in an encounter with the 10th Infantry Battalion (10IB) in Barangay San Pedro, Aloran, Misamis Occidental at around 9:40am, Monday February 18, 2019.
Prior to the encounter that lasted about 30 minutes, residents of the Barangay reported to 10IB personnel about the presence of CNTs who were trying to recruit the youth to join their movement and extorting from the populace.
“The encounter was the result of the information received by our troops from a concerned civilian who reported the presence of an armed group in their community while we are conducting community security operations,” Lieutenant Colonel John Andrada, 10IB Commander said.
The troops scoured the scene of encounter and recovered one AK 47 rifle, three magazines and subversive documents with high intelligence value. Blood stains were seen along the CNT’s withdrawal routes believed to be those of wounded members.
On the other hand, Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Brigade Commander said, “We already identified CNT’s lairs and they have no place to go. We call on those NPA Terrorists to lay down their arms peacefully, be given proper medication and we ensure them that their rights will be respected.”
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division said, “the Army together with the local government units, the civil society organizations, other stakeholders and the peace-loving people of Misamis Occidental continue to send upon the NPA Terrorists to listen to the call for peace of the people, lay down your arms, return to the folds of the law and avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).”
However, he also expressed his sympathy to the family and relatives of the NPA terrorist who was killed.
“It is very tragic that he has taken arms against the people of Misamis Occidental when only through peace can lead to development and social justice be achieved”, Brigadier General Ancan added.
Additional troops are now in the area conducting pursuit operations to run after the fleeing CNTs while members of the Philippine National Police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) conducted investigation in the encounter site.
Troops of 10IB are also in close communication with the Barangay Officials to ensure the safety and security of the residents in the area.