Philippine Army’s 53IB preempt CPP-NPA atrocities in Zamboanga

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The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) successfully prevented CPP-NPA atrocities targeting innocent residents of Sitio Ditalipon, Barangay Dilud, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, and Sitio Kusingan, Barangay Tinago, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte.

On Thursday, November 18, a firefight between government troops and Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) lasted around 30 minutes.

Successfully recovered from the encounter site were one M16A1 rifle, one short magazine for M16A1 rifle, 18 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition, CNT personal belongings, assorted medical paraphernalia, and one portable burner.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, the Commanding Officer of 53IB, said in a statement that the forces of 53IB will be persistent in chasing the fleeing enemy in order to keep the people safe.

“It is our mandate to keep the people from any form of harm. We will continue to uphold our mandate of serving the people we have sworn to protect,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander, 102nd Infantry Brigade urge the people to continue to help the Government authorities by reporting the presence of the CNTs in their communities.

“Their numbers are dwindling and they are already at the verge of collapse and with your (public) support, we will be able ensure to safeguard our communities against all forms of threats as our troops continue to pursue these terrorist groups,” said Brig. Gen. Nicolas.

“The government’s doors are still open for tthose who wish to return to the folds of law through the Enhanced Comprehensive Program and committed to address the root causes of insurgency through the Barangay Development Program in the affected communities,” Brig. Gen. Nicolas added.

Former rebels will receive P15,000 in immediate monetary aid and P50,000 in livelihood help under the E-CLIP.

Meanwhile, for the year 2021, BDP beneficiary barangays received P20 million for a development package that is already being executed by local government entities.

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