A member of the communist terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, after a fierce firefight with soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday, March 21.
The killed NPA member was among the more or less 20 communist terrorists encountered by troops of the 75th Infantry Battalion in an uninhabited area of Sitio Montenegren, Brgy San Isidro in Marihatag.
Government forces tracked down the armed group based on information from concerned citizens. This subsequently resulted in an armed encounter that lasted for about ten minutes.
“We are thankful for the populace’s support for their courage in reporting the presence of the NPAs in the area. Rest assured that we will not allow these terrorists to continue their nefarious activities that disrupt the peaceful lives of our people,” said Colonel Rommel Almaria, 401st Brigade Commander.
The NPAs fled after the firefight leaving behind their dead comrade, who is still for identification. The soldiers also seized six high-powered firearms, including M16 rifles, AK 47 rifles, M653 rifle, and M203 grenade launcher.
They also confiscated other war materiel such as improvised explosive device paraphernalia and documents with high intelligence value.
“The AFP calls on the communist terrorist group to stop further bloodshed, surrender peacefully, and let the government help them become productive members of society. Through this, we can achieve genuine peace and development for our country,” said Colonel Jorry L. Baclor, AFP Public Affairs Chief.