The Joint Task Force Agila neutralized the most wanted NPA leader and his comrade in an encounter that transpired at Sitio Panopio, Brgy Malasila, Makilala, North Cotabato while recovered one M60 Machine Gun at Sitio Tandik, Barangay Tandawan, New Bataan, Davao De Oro in a separate incident on April 13, 2022.
39th Infantry Battalion neutralized Roberto Castillote alias “Enoy”, Commanding Officer, and Jovilito Yambanao alias “Joven”, Political Guide, both from the Dismantled Pulang Bagani Command (DPBC) of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) and recovered one Uzi Sub-machine gun, two improvised landmines, one hand grenade, and a container with gasoline.
Castillote has existing arrest warrants for attempted murder, double attempted murder, frustrated murder, murder, slight illegal detention, robbery, robbery with homicide, and violation of the RA 7610 (Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination). He was also responsible for the ambush of four SOCO personnel on March 8, 2017 in Bansalan, Davao del Sur wherein one of the victims was pregnant.
On the other hand, 25th Infantry Battalion, together with the personnel from Davao De Oro Provincial Police Office recovered one M60 “Bulldog” machine Gun after alias “Wenwen”, a former member of Guerilla Front 2 revealed the information about the said firearm.
Since January 1, 2022 to date, Agila Division has recorded 155 firearms gained, 309 CTG personalities reduction with 10 killed, 4 apprehended/captured and 296 surrendered CNTs to include Militiang Bayan members and supporters.
Agila Division Commander MGen Nolasco A Mempin once again lauded the troops for their remarkable accomplishment.
“Agila troopers will continue to hunt down remaining Communist NPA Terrorists and their firearms as the deadline of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approaches on June 2022,” said MGen Mempin.
Mempin vowed that they will not rest on their laurels until all peace spoilers and their firearms are neutralized and recovered respectively.