3 NPAs Killed, 4 Firearms Seized in Agusan Sur Clash

Bancasi, Butuan City – Three (3) NPA members were killed and three (3) firearms to include assorted war materiel were seized after a five (5) minute firefight between the government troops and the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at So Damming, Brgy Zillovia, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur at around 2:00pm, February 15, 2021.

Troops of 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion under the operational control of 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade clashed against more or less seven (7) CPP-NPA Terrorist believed to be members of Guerilla Front 88 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

Said firefight resulted to the tragic demise of three (3) NPA terrorists and the seizure of the following items at the encounter site: one (1) M16 rifle; two (2) shotguns; one (1) cal. 38; two (2) hand grenades; one (1) anti-personnel mine (APM); assorted ammunitions; five (5) cellphones; one (1) binocular; medical paraphernalia; fifteen (15) sets of Army Battle Dress Attire (BDA); lousy caps; combat boots; numerous ammunitions of different caliber; and various subversive documents.

Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, the Commander of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, lauded the troops’ decisive victory and its persistent determination in tracking the NPA terrorist who were pestering the communities in the area. “This victory is for the people who for the longest time wanted to live without the intimidation and threat from the NPA Terrorist. We urge the CNT to stop using violence as it will not solve our problems”.

Likewise, BGen Licudine offered his sympathies to the dead NPAs and ensures that the cadavers will be turned over to the families once it will be identified for decent and proper burial. However, he stressed that the tragic fate of the dead NPAs was a reminder of the futility of the armed struggle which the communist terrorist group is espousing and placing the lives of innocent youths and the masses who were deceived and exploited, to extreme danger during skirmishes.

“We reiterate our call to the remaining members of the NPA to voluntarily surrender and heed the call of peace. We want to assure the CNTs that our troops will be relentless in pursuing them, there is no other way for them but to lay down their arms or continue hiding and be hunted. It’s their choice but we insist that they follow the path of peace for the sake of their families and for the people who longed to live normal lives in peace”, BGen Licudine said.

No casualty on the government side and troops are still on pursuit operations.

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