CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-A communist NPA terrorist (CNT) was killed in another armed encounter between the government troops and the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) around 5:40 in the afternoon in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur, Friday, April 9.
Elements of 96th Infantry Battalion (96IB) were conducting security operations in response to the report from a concerned citizen in Barangay Guibahoy about the presence of the CNTs in the area when the clash against five CTG members broke out.
After the fierce gun fight, CNTs left in haste leaving behind their dead comrade who is yet to be identified.
An M16 rifle was also captured from the encounter site.
According to Lt. Col. Benjamin Lonogan, Commanding Officer of 96IB, they received reports that CTG members are on frequent extortion activities which is too much for the communities to bear thus, prompting them to report to authorities.
“We thank the residents for the timely information they are feeding us and for not tolerating the lawless activities of this terrorist group. Nakakalungkot nga lang na dahil sa panlilinlang ng nga teroristang NPA ay isa na namang buhay ang nasayang pagkatapos nakawin ng CTG ang karapatan niyang mabuhay ng normal,” Lonogan said.
Col. Jaime Abawag Jr, Brigade Commander of 902nd Infantry Brigade, on the other hand, reminded the public to be wary of the fleeing terrorists who will try to take shelter in the residences nearby and even coerce the residents to feed them.
“Idadamay pa nila ang mga tao gayong sila ang may kagustuhan ng ganiyang klaseng buhay. Aside from that, we are in the midst of a pandemic and everyone is in dire need,” Col. Abawag said.
It can be recalled that just last April 5, an armed skirmish also transpired in the same town where a total of 53 anti-personnel mines were seized.
MajGen Henry Robinson Jr PA, commander of Joint Task Force Bicolandia lauded the troops for another successful operation on the very day of the commemoration of the Day of Valor.
“There is no stopping in our quest to put behind bars the CTG members responsible for the manufacturing and stockpiling of huge anti-personnel mines we seized four days ago.
Our goal of sustaining the momentum against this terrorist group, however, is a bit easier now because the local populace are working hand in hand with us. What fuels their urge to help us is the suffering the communist insurgents inflicted in their lives and in their communities.
Sa mga CTG members, kung mahalaga sa inyo ang inyong buhay, magbalik-loob na lamang kayo sa pamahalaan dahil bukas-palad namin kayong tatanggapin. Ngunit kung patuloy ninyong ilalagay sa peligro ang buhay ng mga inosenteng sibilyan, lalo lamang ninyong pinaliliit ang mundong inyong ginagalawan,” MGen. Robinson said.