20IB troops neutralize CNT leader in Northern Samar encounter

Date:

Share post:

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

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

spot_img

Related articles

5ID’s campaign vs CTGs brought progress, peace to Northern Luzon

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Andres Centino said the successful campaign of the 5th Infantry...

5 communist terrorists yield, disclose location of arms caches in Central Mindanao

Five members of the communist terrorist group yielded to the troops under the Joint Task Force Central on...

4 Communist Terrorist Group personalities surrender in Zamboanga del Norte

Four communist terrorist group (CTG) personalities laid down their arms and returned to the folds of the law...

Army athlete bags medal in 31st SEA Games Kurash event

Philippine Army athletes continue to add the numbers of the Team Philippines' overall medal hauled as a female...