NPAs in Negros suffer significant losses in a span of 1 week

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Visayas Command (VISCOM) on Friday informs that the internal security operations launched in Negros Island continue to gain ground as the communist NPA terrorists (CNTs) suffered significant losses over the past week.

This was revealed following another setback suffered by the terrorist group on July 6, 2022, wherein members of the 94th Infantry Battalion (94IB) encountered 14 members of the CNT under Central Negros Front 2 of the Komiteng Rehiyon – Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor (KR NCBS) at Sitio Amilis, Brgy. Bi-ao, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental that resulted to the death of four communist terrorist members and the recovery of three M16 rifles; one M14 rifle; one AK47 assault rifle; one 40mm grenade launcher; one Cal. .45 pistol; several ammunitions and war materiel; personal belongings and subversive documents.

VISCOM further disclosed that from July 1-7, a total of 25 communist NPA terrorists were neutralized; one of whom was killed in an encounter with members of the 11th Infantry Battalion at Brgy. Talalak, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental; 19 of whom surrendered to the 94IB at Brgy. Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental; one was apprehended following an encounter with members of 79th Infantry Battalion at Sitio Banwa Minatay, Brgy. Marcelo, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, and the recent aforementioned encounter with members of the 94IB that claimed the lives of four communist terrorists.

Apart from these, 11 firearms were seized by the government troops along with several war materiels and subversive documents.

Lieutenant General Robert C. Dauz, the Commander of VISCOM lauded the troops for their “unwavering commitment and utmost dedication to defend the people from the menace of the communist NPA terrorists, and preserve their democratic way of life.”

He then emphasized that, “Innocent lives have fallen victim to the false promises and deception of the communist terrorists. This motivates your Servant in the Visayas to push on with our efforts, continue the fight, and end the local communist armed conflict in the island.”

Lt Gen Dauz ended as he urged the few remaining members of the communist terrorist in Negros Island to return to the folds of the law, saying, “As Servant in the Visayas, we despise the idea of bloodshed and we do not want to see another fellow Filipino dying for the sake of false ideology.

Thus, we urge the few remaining members of the communist NPA terrorists to follow the lead of your former comrades who are now living a peaceful and comfortable lives with their families as beneficiaries of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), lay down your arms, abandon your armed struggle and return to the folds of the law while you still can.” — PA

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