CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz, July 8 — The Army’s 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion thwarted the plan of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists to stage atrocities in President Roxas, Capiz.
This, after the troops from 61IB clashed with approximately 15 members of Sangay sa Partido sa Platoon (SPP)-East, Komiteng Rehiyon – Panay of CPP-NPA terrorists led by a certain Guning at about 8:20 a.m. of July 5.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, 61IB commanding officer, they received information from the civilian populace on the presence of the fully-armed CPP-NPA terrorists conducting recruitment activities among minors and planning to conduct atrocities in the area, hence, he immediately deployed his troops to conduct combat operations in the said barangay.
“Our troops were approaching in the target area when they were fired upon by the communist terrorists which prompted them to fire back,” Batara said.
The firefight lasted for about 20 minutes before the communist terrorists withdrew towards Barangay Badiangon of same municipality.
No one was hurt on the government side while it remains undetermined on the enemy’s side.
Upon scouring the area, the troops recovered one portable generator, one multi-media projector, two hand grenades, one anti-personnel mine, eight rifle grenades, four back packs, two cellular phones, one container of gasoline, two sacks of rice, and other personal belongings and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
The troops are still conducting pursuit operations.
Batara stressed that the recoveries prove that the CPP-NPA terrorists are planning to launch attacks not only against the government security forces but also with the defenseless civilians. “That’s why I am commending the vigilance of the civilian populace for giving us accurate information on the movements and whereabouts of the communist terrorists. This is a clear indication that the people are now fed up with the cruelty of the CPP-NPA,” he added.
“Supporting and cooperating with the Army through giving information is their way of expressing their fervent desire for a CPP-NPA terrorist-free community,” Batara said.
For his part, Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division Major General Dinoh Dolina slammed the CPP-NPA terrorist for their continued stockpiling and producing anti-personnel mines which is a clear violation of the Ottawa Treaty, a convention on the prohibition of the use, storing, production and transfer of its kind.
He called on local government units (LGUs) and the Capiceños to declare CPP-NPA terrorist as persona non grata to prevent them from entering and casting terror and violence in the communities.
Dolina also called on the remaining members of the CPP-NPA terrorists to come down and return to the mainstream society.
“Your government, together with the AFP and PNP, is willing to ensure your safety if you choose to lay down your arms, embrace the culture of peace, and start a new and peaceful life through the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP),” he said. (JBG/Cpt. Cenon Pancito III/3ID-DPAO)
Source: PIA Feed