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Friday, October 23, 2020

Army uncovers CNT hideout in AgNor town

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 23 --  The troopers of 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion (23IB) discovered another hideout of the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) in the forested area of Sitio Fatima, Barangay Ibuan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte on October 17, 2020, at around 4:00 p.m.

While the troops were conducting security operations, they discovered an abandoned CNT hideout which has an estimated land area of two hundred square meters (200m) that can accommodate more or less 20 persons and believed to be abandoned for about a month ago prior to discovery.

The government troops also seized in said abandoned hideout 20 rolls of Blasting Cap Leg Wire; one D-Size Battery (Eveready); and one small Plastic Box.

 Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Acting Commanding Officer of 23IB, expressed his gladness on the continuous recovery of CNT hideouts stating that they will be having a hard time to adjust in their present situation.

“As we can see, these CNTs have been leaving their hideouts and they cannot settle in a stable place because surely, the troops will always locate them wherever they hide. I don’t know how deep the CNT propagandas have rooted in the soul of the NPAs why they still choose to suffer living in the mountains. I cannot imagine why they choose to live in those temporary-built hideouts which cannot even protect them nor provide convenience to their daily living, where in fact, they can go back to their respective homes and live a peaceful life with their families,” Paulo said.

He also called on the people of Barangay Ibuan, be vigilant on the activities of the CNTs whom he described as traitors for their continued disrespect of human rights.

“These CNT members are killers as they always have that intention to kill, not only the government forces but also the innocent civilians, especially the Indigenous Peoples (IPs),” Paulo said.

He emphasized that the recovered blasting caps, leg wires and other war parapernalias are proofs of CNTs continued production and use of the banned Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which brings great threat not only to the government forces but also to the innocent civilians. 

“We encourage everyone to stop supporting their group whenever they will go back to the said hideout. Report it immediately to us in order to prevent them from conducting atrocities in your peaceful community. Let us help one another to end this insurgency that affects the lives of most Filipinos,” Paulo said. (CMO Officer, 23IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Army, PNP intercept explosives, food supplies in SurSur town

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 23 (PIA) -- Local authorities have intercepted a green Fuso canter truck (Plate No. RFT 250) carrying explosives, and groceries and food supplies believed to be headed for the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) camp recently in the province.

According to the report from the 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), around 1:45pm, Oct. 14, the 36IB troopers and the Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFP) at a checkpoint along the National Highway of Brgy. Zone 3, Lanuza flagged down a cargo truck loaded with various items.

Prior to the incident, the 36IB troopers had coordinated with the Municipal Police Station of Lanuza for they were tipped about the transport of the goods by civilian informants. After more than an hour, the team successfully intercepted the cargo truck.

The arrested suspects were identified as Marcelo Ramos Omos, driver; Ramil Pan Berezo, mason/carpenter; Marlon Febra Cervantes, laborer; Joey Mercansel Silagan, carpenter; Brian Balatero Paglinawan, laborer. They were brought to the Lanuza Municipal Police Station (MPS) for investigation.

The authorities seized the following items: two improvised bombs; one Bagong Hukbong Bayan flag; 20 pairs of black rubber boots; three sacks of rice; one sack of flour; one half (½) sack of salt; 20 packs “Odong”; 30 Bioderm bath soaps; one box mega sardines; 20 pairs of black socks; nine packs sanitary napkin; six pieces of men’s underwear; 20 kilos brown sugar; Five bags of Super Lamig Menthol Candy; 10 bags of Nescafe stick; Four bags Nescafe 3n1; two gallons cooking oil; one-gallon soy sauce; Five empty plastic containers; and six cellophane sacks.

According to 36IB commander Lt. Col. Jezreel Diagmel, they have already closely monitored the companies or business firms/contractors, politicians, and other supporters from the different sectors based on the profile they have on the record.

Lt. Col. Diagmel added that the relentless conduct of checkpoints of the PNP and AFP and other stakeholders has paid off in stopping the flow of supplies towards the NPA terrorists.

"This resource control operation will continue in order to put a stop to this scheme of the armed group targeting particularly the contractors, politicians, business firms, and individuals," he said.

"We urged them to stop supporting the armed struggle instead, support our government. We will institute security measures together with the PNP to safeguard the flagship projects in our area of operations," Lt. Col. Diagmel added. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)