Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte- A female combatant of CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNTs) killed and four (4) High Powered Firearms recovered after a thirty (30) minutes firefight with the members of 30th Infantry (Fight On) Battalion, Philippine Army in the hinterland of Camp Edward, Alegria, Surigao del Norte on Monday morning, July 20,2020.
The incident occurred when soldiers of 30IB fired back at a group of fully armed CNTs believed to be members of Sentro De Grabedad, Guerilla Front16, NorthEastern Mindanao Regional Committee under the unknown leader during their security patrol when responding to a report from civilians about the presence of CNTs in their place who are extorting food and money.
Firefight lasted about half an hour which resulted to the death of one (1) Female CNT combatant (unidentified) who was abandoned by her comrades who flew in different direction and obtained from the encounter site are three (3) AK 47 rifles, one (1) Spike Tactical M16 with scope, five (5) Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) [three (3) C5 and two (2) C4], assorted medical supplies, eighteen (18) backpacks with personal belongings and high value subversive documents while two (2) slightly wounded from the government forces.
It can be recalled that last June 03, 2020, another firefight transpired between government forces and CNTs in Campo Langit, Camp Edward, Alegria, SDN where High Powered Firearms and two Anti-Personnel Mines from the enemy were seized as a result of the active support of the populace.
Lt Col Ryan Charles G Callanta, the Commanding Officer of 30IB in his statement said “The life of our Soldiers are always at stake, but it is our job to protect the communities from terrorist abuse. The success of this operation might not have been realized without the support of the community particularly for providing real time information that led to this armed engagement”
“Our sincere condolences to the bereaved family, another life has been lost within this failed ideology. I urged the remaining armed members to lay down their arms and return to the fold of Law and avail the government’s reintegration program to avoid the same fate that happened to their peer. ” Callanta added.
~Press release and photos courtesy of 30th Infantry “Fight On” Battalion, Philippine Army