Army seizes firearms in clash with CTGs in Bukidnon

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Government troops have seized firearms and personal belongings of the CTGs following an encounter on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in the hinterlands of Sitio Kilap-agan, Barangay Can-ayan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

The troops from 8th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army captured one M16 rifle, one magazine, one ASUS laptop, live ammunitions of M16 rifles, three anti-personnel landmines which are prohibited under the Mine Ban Convention, and subversive documents among other war paraphernalia. Moreover, the troops apprehended a number of personalities at the encounter site found to be aiding the terrorist group and who are currently detained at Malaybalay City Police Station.

The captured personalities to include Ellorin Goaynon, a well-known local CTG supporter who surrendered in 2020 but was reported recently to have been aiding again the NPAs and even allowing his farm land to be used by the CTGs as staging area prior conducting extortion activities in the community, four other personalities were also captured, namely; Reyboy Goaynon, Andrew Mohol, Jovani Likayan, and Michael Siraga.

Based on the official report, concerned citizens informed the soldiers of sightings of the CTGs roaming around the village asking for food and extorting money, prompting them to respond and resulting to an encounter that lasted for about 30 minutes. Both sides reported no casualties; however, bloodstains were found at the enemy withdrawal route as the government troops conducted pursuit operations.

8IB Commander Lt. Col. Anthony A. Bacus thanked the residents and the local officials for trusting the government soldiers by reporting sightings of the terrorists who have sown nothing but fear in the hearts of the citizens.

“We are thankful to the concerned citizens and local officials because, through their reports, we were able to prevent the atrocities and potential harm the CNTs might inflict on our people,” said Lt. Col. Bacus.

On the other hand, he appealed to some citizens who are still helping the movement of these terrorist group by serving as couriers, advance post, and search elements among other activities in their aid.

“Do not allow yourselves to be used and fooled by this terrorist group who has brought nothing but a senseless war and killings that is continuously disrupting the efforts of the people and government to bring genuine peace and development in the province of Bukidnon,” he further said.

Brigadier General Ferdinand T. Barandaon, Commander of 403rd Infantry Brigade called on the remaining members of the CPP-NPA-NDF to surrender to the government and start a new life.

“My brothers and sisters who are still in the armed struggle against the government, you will continue to suffer hardship and hunger while you remain in the wrong ideology of armed struggle, that is why the government agencies are doing their best to stop the insurgency. Do not miss the opportunity while you have the chance to change and surrender. Do not hesitate to approach our government so that you will get aid as soon as possible,” said Brig. Gen. Barandon.

On the other point of view, Lt. Col. Bacus urged the remaining NPA members to take advantage of the government programs, particularly the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

“We will continue conducting our operations in our bid to attain lasting peace and sustainable development here in our area of responsibility, which is why we urge the remaining CNTs to surrender and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program for a peaceful life,” said Lt. Col. Bacus. — Philippine Army PR

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