TAGO, Surigao del Sur, May 16 – Two combatant of the New People’s Army (NPA) fled and voluntarily surrender while another combatant was captured by the army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion after the recent clash with the CPP-NPA terrorist transpired at Brgy Cabangahan, Cantilan, this province.
Just recently last March 11, 2020, the troops of 36IB encountered more or less 10 fully armed CNTs at the hinterlands area of Brgy Cabangahan, Cantilan, and recovered one NPA killed and one (1) AK 47 with live ammunition, enemy personal belongings, and documents with high intelligence value.
After the clash, engaged troops conducted continuing pursuit operations to the fleeing enemy.
On May 14, 2020, NPA combatant identified as @Bray – bray, 18yrsold, single, and a resident of Brgy Buntalid, Cantilan, SDS captured by the pursuing troops of 36IB bringing along live ammunition of 5.56mm, personal belonging, and food packs. He is a member of Squad 2 (Sqd 2), Platoon 2 (Pltn 2), Weakened Guerilla Front (WGF30) of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) under Noel Tumarlas Alacre @ Megan/Heinrich.
Yesterday, May 16, 2020, another two (2) NPA combatant identified as @ Jerson and @ Sol both 18yrs old, Manobo, single and residents of Purok 4, Brgy Cabangahan, Cantilan, SDS also voluntarily surrendered to the unit. They are also a member of Sqd 2, Pltn 2, WGF30, NEMRC @ Megan/Heinrich.
In an initial interview, @Bry-bry escaped and leave the group because of days of hunger and fear after they were almost hit by the pursuing troops. While, @ Jerson and @ Sol fled because of trauma hearing exchanges of gun fires and fear of death. They are newly recruited by @ Megan last March 20 and 29 April 2020 respectively during their self-imposed ceasefire. They also disclosed that they are conducting extortion activities to the communities to survive with their daily needs amid the COVID pandemic crisis.
Lt Col Jezreel Diagmel, Commanding Officer of 36IB reiterates its call to the remaining CPP-NPA terrorist to surrender now and lay down their arms.
“Once again, to the CPP-NPA, return to the folds of the law and return to your families and loves ones. It is for your own sake not to suffer the same fate as countless of NPA have killed because of failed ideology and futile cause. The 36IB will remain steadfast and determined to end this long-standing communist insurgency in the province,” Lt Col Diagmel said.
He also lauded the operating troops of 36IB for strictly adhering to the International Humanitarian Law and the rule of law while conducting follow-up operations on the fleeing enemy.
As of press time, surrendered and captured personalities are undergoing interviews and debriefing.
~Photos courtesy of 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion, Philippine Army