Dealing another blow to the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs), government troops seized their war material in an Army-PNP joint law enforcement operation on Friday evening in Brgy. Pianing, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.
The 65th Infantry Battalion, the 75th Infantry Battalion, the Butuan City Police Office Station 4 (BCPS4), and the Butuan City Mobile Force Company (BCMFC) worked together to conduct joint checkpoint operations, resulting in the seizure of 4,800 rounds of 7.62mm (AK 47) live ammunition, two (2) rifle grenades, and three (3) motorcycles.
Also apprehended were three (3) male individuals believed to be couriers of RSDG, NEMRC namely, Rolando Aque Dagium, 34 yrs old, married and a resident of P4, San Roque, Sibagat, ADS; Ferdinand Aque Dagium, 27 yrs old, married, and a Brgy Kagawad of P4, San Roques, Sibagat, ADS; Marvin Pepito Merencillo, 26 yrs old, and a resident of P1, Brgy Mt Ararat Bayugan City, ADS.
Apprehended individuals and confiscated war hardwarematerial were transported to BCPS4 for proper disposition and the filing of necessary criminal charges.
On the other hand, an encounter ensued on September 2, 2021 between the troops of 30th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Ryan Charles Callanta and more or less 10 CNTs of SYP Platun 16C1, GF16, NEMRC under Roel T Neniel alias “Jacob” at the mountainous area of Sitio Suoton, Brgy Cagdianao, Claver, Surigao del Norte resulting in the death of one (1) CNT and the capture of three (3) high powered firearms and other war materiel.
Maj. Gen. Romeo S Brawner Jr, Commander of 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division confirmed the identity of the slain NPA as alias “Asyong”, the Vice Platoon Commander and Political Officer of SYP Platun, 16C1, Guerilla Front 16, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (SYP16C1, GF16, NEMRC).
The government troops killed the CNT leader and seized two (2) AK47 rifles, one (1) M14 rifle, one (1) bandolier, two (2) AK47 magazines, seven (7) M14 magazines with ammo, and various medicines when the 15-minute gunfight ended.
“We offer our sympathies to the families of the dead NPA. Another life is lost because the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) chose to advance their own agenda thru violence. We are saddened every time a fellow Filipino die because they were deceived by the futile ideology, however, we are committed to perform our mandate and end this insurgency,” Maj. Gen. Brawner said.
“We will not let peace spoilers hamper the government’s efforts, we need to protect the government’s development initiatives for the sustainable livelihood for our people,” he added.
It should also be remembered that on August 28, 2021, troops of 58IB under the operational control of 402nd Infantry Brigade, 4ID clashed against more or less ten (10) CNTs believed to be armed elements of Sub Regional Sentro De Gravidad (SRSDG) MTJ Eagles of the North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC) at vicinity Talupa, So. Dumagook, Brgy. Lawaan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental.
A 25-minute gunfight resulted in the confiscation of two (2) M16 rifles and one (1) M14 rifle, as well as the death of a CNT member identified as Aldo Cahinlo Higyawan, alias Ramon, a member of Platoon Ryan, SRC1, NCMRC, 38 years old and a resident of Purok 1, Barangay San Luis, Malitbog, Bukidnon.
Maj. Gen. Brawner emphasized that the administration is honest and committed to offering better possibilities and pathways for reconciliation to individuals who have realized that their armed fight is futile. He urged the surviving CTG members to abandon their armed fight, return to a peaceful path, and apply for the E-CLIP so that they and their families may begin a new life together.
“We offer these victories to our people, who for the longest time have wanted to live peaceful lives in developed communities. We will not stop here, we shall pursue the CTG leaders and its armed groups until they become inconsequential and our people and the communities as a whole will be free from the exploitation and threat of the CTG,” Maj. Gen. Brawner Jr said.