Operating troops of the 36th Infantry ”VALOR” Battalion, encountered more or less ten (10) Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at Brgy. Nurcia, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur at around 3:00 PM, April 29, 2022.
Residents of Nurcia found out about the planned extortion of the CNTs on the campaign rallies of politicians and the community and decided to tip off the troops of 36IB of their location. The unit immediately responded and conducted clearing operations and was able to catch the CNTs in an encounter. The exchange of fires lasted for about 10 minutes which resulted in the death of two CNT members and the recovery of one M16 rifle and one Cal .45 pistol.
The 36IB coordinated with PNP as the bodies of the CNTs were brought to Madrid District Hospital for proper verification and proper disposition.
“With the help and support of Surigaonons, we will continue our pursuit operations against CNTs to pre-empt their extortion activity and terroristic acts. Likewise, this encounter will serve as an eye-opener to the remaining CNTs who still refuse to surrender. This may be the outcome they may also end up with. End the Armed conflict return to your families, surrender yourself, and take control of your life,” said Lt. Col. Michael Rey S. Reuyan, Commanding Officer of 36IB.
Likewise, the 901st Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. George L. Banzon reiterated, “To the remaining CPP-NPA terrorists, lay down your firearms, return to your families, especially this coming National and Local Elections (NLE), every citizen shall exercise their right to vote and take their opportunity to be part in the conduct of electoral process. Therefore, Get Out and Vote. Go back to the mainstream of the society and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the government intervention package for those who will surrender,” said 901st Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. George L. Banzon. — PA