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Friday, 22 September 2023

Army seizes high-powered firearms, war materials in Tandag City clash

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – Six high-powered firearms and numerous war materiels were seized by the government troops of the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion supported by special recon teams, under the operational control of the 901st Infantry (Fight 'Em) Brigade of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division in a clashed that happened in Barangay Maitum, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, on September 19, 2023.

36IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Vincent M. Viray figured in the running gun battle against more or less 30 communist party of the Philippines- new people's army (CPP-NPA) terrorists (CNTs) of the combined elements of the so-called Regional Headquarters (RHQ), Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) and Platoon 1 of the Weakened Guerilla Front 30 (WGF30), NEMRC.

According to Lt. Col. Viray, his troops supported by the special recon teams launched a combat patrol to verify the report from residents regarding the presence of a bulk of CNTs in their area.

The report confirmed that the encounter lasted for about 30 minutes and resulted in the capture of the following:

  • one (1) M16 rifle,
  • one (1) bushmaster rifle,
  • one (1) stag A5 VLTOR Rifle,
  • one (1) M653 Rifle,
  • two (2) R4 Rifles,
  • Four (4) bandoliers,
  • two (2) handheld commercial radios,
  • two (2) anti-personnel mines (APMs) which are pressure detonated,
  • electrical wires and
  • 30 backpacks containing assorted medical and food supplies and personal belongings.

In a press statement, Brigadier General George Banzon, 901st Infantry brigade commander disclosed that with the assistance of local town folks, they were able to monitor closely with the movement of the top leadership of the NEMRC, to include the beleaguered platoon 1 of so-called WGF30, who have been hiding in Surigao del Sur.

“Our relentless combat operations in the mountainous area of Tandag City are in connection with the previous encounters in Barangay Bagyang in San Miguel on September 5 and in Barangay Maticdum of this city on September 11, both in Surigao del Sur, to pursue the same group we encountered yesterday which we believed was led by Myrna Sularte alias Maria Malaya, the so-called secretary of the NEMRC and Joel Mahinay alias Nicko,” BGen. Banzon said.

4th Infantry Division commanding officer, Major General Jose Maria R. Cuerpo II, on the other hand, lauded the troops for their instantaneous actions to deny the presence of the CTG members in the area and prevent their atrocities.

MGen. Cuerpo underscored that this accomplishment clearly manifested how firm is the framework of the whole-of-nation approach to counter the criminalities and exploitation of the CTG through the collaborative efforts of the 4ID, the community, and other government agencies.

"We will pursue aggressively. We are highly motivated to hunt down the top leadership of the NEMRC. Now more than ever is the best opportunity for us to pursue unceasingly and end the reign of terror of Myrna Sularte which for so many years has committed injustices to the local communities. We owe these accomplishments to the strong cooperation of the communities and our stakeholders. Given the CNTs' current circumstances and in survival mode, we anticipate that their remaining members will willingly return to the folds of the law in the coming days," MGen. Cuerpo emphasized. (Major Francisco Garello, CMO-4ID, PA/NGPB, PIA-Surigao del Sur)