Gov’t troops neutralize high ranking CNT as clash erupted in Albay

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A high-ranking leader of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) has been confirmed killed during a gunfight in the vicinity of Zone 7, Barangay Anislag, Daraga, Albay, at 3:30 in the afternoon, Saturday, May 28.

According to the report, the troops of the 31st Infantry (CHARGE) Battalion (31IB) under the 903rd Infantry (PATRIOT) Brigade together with the Daraga Municipal Police Station and Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) were conducting security operations at the said barangay in response to the tip-off from the residents about the presence of at least five terrorists attempting to extort money from the locals when the armed skirmish happened.

The exchange of fire lasted for five minutes with no casualties reported on the government side.

As a result, one high ranking and considered to be notorious Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) has been killed and was identified as Antonio Abadeza under the alias of ‘Ka-Platop’; Vice Commanding Officer of KP3, BRPC.

Also, several items were seized from the encounter site including one cal. 45 pistol, assorted CNT’s personal belongings, and terroristic propaganda materials.

Lieutenant Colonel Marlon Mojica, Battalion Commander of 31IB, thanked the residents for their intense cooperation which led to the successful operation and the neutralization of one of the top leaders of the CNT in Bicol.

Brigadier General Aldwine Almase, Commander of the 903rd Infantry (PATRIOT) Brigade also emphasized the strengthened cooperation between the community and the troops which resulted in the neutralization of the said high-ranking CNT.

“Mas paiigtingin pa natin ang mas matibay na kooperasyon at ang paglalatag ng seguridad sa ating mga mamamayan. Patuloy na ang paghina ng kalaban lalo na at unti-unti nang nauubos ang kanilang mga pinagtataguan, mga kasamahan, at ang kanilang mga leader. Patuloy nating susugpuin ang mga natitira pang teroristang armado na ayaw pa rin sumuko at makiisa sa ating inaasam na kapayapaan,” BGen. Almase said.

Also, Police Brigadier General Mario A. Reyes, Regional Director of PRO5 lauded the success of the operation due to the cooperation of the Army and PNP in its operation against the CNTs in the Region.

Major General Alex Luna, Commander of 9th Infantry (SPEAR) Division and Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia commended the alertness of the government troops amidst the election period.

“Hindi mapapagod ang mga tropa sa ating adhikain na matapos na ang insurhensiya sa Bicol, kahit katatapos pa lamang natin sa election, at sa tulong ng mga lokal, hindi natin hahayaan na makapagpahinga pa itong mangilan-ngilan na lamang na mga armado na patuloy pang humihina dahil sa pagkaubos ng kanilang mga pinagtataguan at ang patuloy na pagsuplong sa kanila ng mga mamamayan,” Maj. Gen. Luna said. — PA

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