20IB troops neutralize CNT leader in Northern Samar encounter


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Operating troops of 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion engaged in a series of encounter against the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) on March 25, 2022 at the vicinity of Brgy. San Francisco, Catubig, Northern Samar.

While responding to an information provided by the local residents who are fed up with the continuous and deliberate extortion activities of the CNTs in their barangay, the operating troops encountered a group of more or less 10 CNTs at around 8:55 AM at Brgy. San Francisco, Catubig, Northern Samar.

Meanwhile, at around 10:20 AM, CSP teams of Brgy. Calingnan, Catubig while conducting blocking in support to the earlier encounter engaged in a 5-minute firefight with more or less five CNTs resulting to the seizure of one M16 rifle, four M16 long magazines, 98 rounds of M16 ammunition, and one bandolier.

Later in the afternoon, while conducting hot pursuit operation, operating troops engaged anew the same group of more or less 10 fleeing CNTs in a 5-minute firefight that transpired at around 1:30 in the hinterland of Brgy. San Francisco, Catubig, Northern Samar. The encounter resulted to the death of one CNT and seizure of two M16 rifles, five M16 magazines, 81 rounds of M16 ammunition, one bandolier, and one improvised hand grenade while there is no casualty on the government side.

The killed CNT was identified as Alias Prix (True Name Unknown), the Commanding Officer of SYP Platoon 2, FC15, SRC Arctic who is responsible for the series of attacks in the different CSP-immersed barangays in Northern Samar and frequently sighted conducting extortion activities to the populace and small businesses. The remains of Prix was brought to Catubig Rural Health Unit for post mortem examination and proper disposition.

Lieutenant Colonel Joemar Buban, Commanding Officer of 20IB said that the Battalion is relentless in making the CNTs irrelevant in Northern Samar, and with the help and support of the Nortehanons, the CNTs will cease to exist which will make lasting peace achievable and the condition for sustainable development will be established.

“I commend our troops for the display of gallantry in pursuing the enemies. The active support of the residents in playing the major role in providing timely information is a clear manifestation that the people and the government are in unison towards ending the local communist armed conflict,” Ltc Buban added. — PR


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