The persistence of the Army in Bicol to subdue and eventually eliminate the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) resulted in another successful military engagement.
Last July 19, elements of the 83rd Infantry Battalion (83IB) supported by the PNP encountered at least 20 CTG members in Barangay Bongalon, Sagñay, Camarines Sur leading to an intense 30-minute firefight between the two forces.
Two communist NPA terrorists (CNTs) were killed while 12 high-powered firearms comprised of eight M16, two M14 and 2 M653 rifles, ammunition, magazines and personal belongings were seized from the encounter site.
According to Lt. Col. Clark Dalumbar, Battalion Commander of 83IB, troops received a report from some concerned citizens about CNTs trying to recruit new members which prompted them to scour the area.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa mga residente ng Sagñay na nagparating ng impormasyong ito lalo na sa mga magulang. Dahil dito, napigilan natin ang CTG na makapanlinlang na naman ng mga inosenteng sibilyan at ng mga kabataan. Nawa po ay patuloy kayong makipagtulungan sa amin para supilin ang terorismo ng CTG,” Lt. Col. Dalumbar said.
Col. Jaime Abawag Jr, Brigade Commander of 902nd Infantry Brigade, warned the CTG that with the relentless joint operations of the Army and PNP, they are left with no other choice but to surrender.
“Ayaw naman namin na may namamatay sa mga labanan pero kapag hindi kayo nagbalik-loob sa pamahalaan, kamatayan ang naghihintay sa inyo. Paliit na ng paliit ang inyong mundo dahil isinusumbong na kayo ng mga tao sa otoridad.” Col. Abawag said.
Meanwhile, PBGen Jonnel Estomo, regional director of Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) stressed that the interoperability of the Army and police plays a significant role in sustaining the gains against the CTG.
“Ang hanay ng kapulisan ay mananatiling katuwang ng kasundaluhan sa pagtunton sa kinaroroonan ng mga teroristang ito habang pinuprotektahan ang publiko sa kanilang mga desperadong hakbang,” Estomo said.
Joint Task Force Biolandia Commander MajGen Henry Robinson Jr PA recalled that last February 1, the 83IB also launched a successful operation against the CTG in Barangay Toytoy, Garchitorena, Camarines Sur where four CTG members were killed while ten high-powered firearms were seized.
“The CTG is now crumbling into tiny pieces and this terrorist group will soon perish. Pero kilala natin sila, tiyak na gagawa at gagawa sila ng mga desperate attacks and retaliations just like what they did in Masbate. Sapilitan nilang nirecruit ang mga menor de edad para lamang may mga maidagdag sila sa kanilang hanay. MajGen. Robinson said. (SOVEREIGN/AQP)