NPA rebel neutralized in Agusan del Norte

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A communist terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in an encounter with the Philippine Army’s 4th Scout Ranger Battalion troops under the operational control of 402nd Infantry Brigade at Brgy Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on May 4, 2022.

The operating troops conducted security operations to verify the reported presence of armed men extorting money and agricultural products from the farmers when they chance upon about 20 NPAs, resulting in a firefight.

One terrorist NPA identified by a former rebel as Peter Pinakilid died in the firefight. He is the former Political and Finance Officer of former Guerilla Front 4A and the current member of the Platoon Sagay of Sub-Regional Committee 3 of the communist terrorist group (CTG) operating in the Caraga Region.

The soldiers seized three AK47 rifles, subversive documents, and other personal belongings.

Meanwhile, BGen Adonis Ariel G Orio, Commander of the 402nd Infantry Brigade, said that the CTG is now desperate as they resort to extorting the farmers and political candidates to raise funds to survive.

“Extorting money and farm produce of farmers and asking for money from political candidates is a desperate move for the CTG, considering that their presence is no longer welcome in the communities. The people are already awakened as they are already reporting NPA presence in their communities. These reports help our forces to respond promptly to protect the people from threat, intimidation, and extortion,” BGen Orio said.

“We are saddened that another life has been wasted due to the senseless armed struggle of these NPA terrorists. I hope the death of Peter will become a wake-up call for the remaining NPAs to lay down their arms, heed the government’s call for peace and give their children a better future,” BGen Orio ended. — AFP

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