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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Another Agnor village disowns CPP-NPA terrorist; NPA members surrender

By 1Lt Roel Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, May 9 – While another barangay in the municipality of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte declares the Communist Party of the Philippines - New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA) Terrorists and its Allied Organization persona non-grata (PNG), two regular NPA members, four Militia ng Bayan and 27 members of Underground Movement (UGMO) pledge their loyalty and allegiance to the government on May 6, 2019.

The barangay council unanimously declared the CNTs and their cahoots as PNG in their area.

They voiced out their manifestation that the people are fed-up on the deception, extortion and manipulation of the CNTs in their community.

Moreover, an NPA regular member alias Maymay turned-in one cal. 45 pistol as a sign that he is leaving the underground organization.

He said “grabe gyud akong nasinatian sa ilalom sa grupong CPP-NPA. Ang ilang mga pasalig wala natuman. Akong pamilya na ingon nila suportahan, napasagdan. Ang ilang propaganda puro pamakak (I had a bitter experience being with the NPA in the underground organization. All their promises were not fulfilled. My family did not receive any support from them. Their propaganda are all lies).”

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Francisco L. Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23rd Infantry Battalion commended the Barangay Officials and residents of Brgy Simbalan in their pursuit for a peaceful environment.

“Our soldiers are committed in its mandate of serving the people and securing the land.

 We are happy that the people are now helping by declaring the CNTs as PNG,” he said.

“We also encourage the members of the CNTs to stop doing criminal and terroristic activities. Instead, they must join us in pursuit of peace and progress. We partner with other agencies in pushing for development in geographically, isolated and disadvantaged areas,” Ltc Molina added. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

CAFGU member sacrifices life, saves villagers from NPAs

SAN AGUSTIN, Surigao del Sur, May 9 – Approximately 30 Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) deliberately fired on the Community Support Teams, operationally controlled by the 3rd Special Forces (3SF) Battalion, Philippine Army, while on immersion in Sitio Magkahunao, Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin, this province.

Government troops immediately fired back to protect themselves from the perpetrators. Close Air Support (CAS) was also employed to loosen the strong resistance of the CNTs attack and to facilitate the extrication of the government forces.

The firefight lasted for 30 minutes, which resulted in the untimely demise of CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAA) Angelo Mariano, 32 years old and a resident of Barangay Magaud, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

Lt. Col. Joey Baybayan, Commander of 3SF Battalion, said that the deployment of the Community Support Program (CSP) teams started last May 2, 2019 which aims to establish and develop disaster and conflict resilient communities in San Agustin.

“CAA Mariano is among the CSP operators deployed in Sitio Magkahunao in order to achieve long lasting peace and development. He lost his life fighting to protect the people from the terroristic acts of the CNTs,” he said.

Baybayan further said that the 3rd Special Forces Battalion grieves as they lost a comrade.

“We also extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and friends of CAA Mariano,” he added.

“His death is a clear manifestation of his heroism and patriotism; always ready sacrifice everything at the expense of losing his own life. His sacrifice will not go in vain for the battalion will seek justice and file appropriate criminal charges against the CNT perpetrators,” Baybayan said. (3SFBn/401st Brigade, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)