Philippine Army’s 58IB neutralizes CNT, seizes firearms in Misamis Oriental

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After the recent encounter last January, another Operational-Control (OpCon) unit of the 402nd Brigade has scored anew against the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNT) in an armed encounter that left one CNT dead, two firearms captured and several war materials recovered on February 17, 2022 in Brgy Lawaan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental.

The encounter involved troops from 58IB under OpCon to the 402Bde led by BGen Adonis Ariel G Orio against an estimated 20 fully armed combined elements of GF Huawei and SRSDG MTJ Eagles, SRC 1 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCRMC) in Sumagaya-Mangabon Complex around 9 o’clock in the morning.

The 20-minute firefight resulted to the discovery of one CNT dead at the encounter site along with two M16 rifles; and assorted personal belongings.
Relative to the past encounters, the Communist-Terrorists Group in Misamis Oriental had struggled and suffered overwhelming losses in series of encounters last year that already led to the neutralization of its key leaders and significant number of members.

In his statement, BGen Adonis Ariel G. Orio, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade said, “The 402nd Bde will continue to carry on its offensives until the GF Huawei and SRSDG MTJ Eagles, SRC 1, NCMRC are completely destroyed. This is to ensure the security of the communities and residents of Misamis Oriental. However, this Brigade has been open in giving chances to the remaining CNTs in the area to surrender and return to the folds of law.”

“The government has designed a program, the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), that shall provide assistance and benefits that could give them another chance to be with their loved ones and live with the mainstream society, free from violence and terror that these CPP-NPAs continuously expose them to,” he added.

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