Female NPA rebel killed, two firearms recovered in MisOr Clash

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental- A female Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) fighter was killed, and two high-powered firearms were seized during an encounter with the combined troops of 58th Infantry Battalion and 42nd Division reconnaissance company in the hinterlands of Brgy Mantangale, Balingoan, Misamis Oriental, March 01, 2021.

The government troops encountered more or less 30 CTGs at around 4pm in the afternoon. They are believed to be members of Platoon Falcon, Huawei, Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC 1), NCMRC. The operation was conducted following reports on the presence of the said CTGs in the area.

The female cadaver’s identity is withheld prior informing her family. The troops found the female CTG fighter, who had been abandoned by her comrades on the site of the encounter, lifeless. Troops were able to recover two M16 rifles, three magazines for AK47, four magazines for M14, three rifle grenade, two signus radio, three cellular phones, three solar panel, assorted medicines, personal belongings, subversive documents and 18 backpacks.

“We are very grateful for the swift response by the men in uniform in securing the area,” said Hon. Aaron Paul S. Unabia, Municipal Mayor of Balingoan. “The LGU Balingoan will do its best to assist the Philippine Army and all other government agencies and instrumentalities in putting an end to the insurgency problem and bringing peace and prosperity to the area.”

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB said, “We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of the killed female rebel. Another life was wasted and lost for fighting for the wrong ideologies of the NPA.”

Furthermore, he urged the remaining NPA fighters to abandon the armed struggle, return to the folds of the law, and avail the programs of the government.

“I truly hope that more and more NPA rebels will surrender now and stop adhering to the lies and deceptions put inside your heads. Do this for the sake of your life and to avoid this unfortunate death. It is not yet too late. You are always welcome to surrender and come back to the folds of law. We assure you that a good future awaits as we will assist you from the beginning until you can avail all the benefits under Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Likewise, your Army will continue to work to ensure the safety and protection of every individual in the communities,” he ended.

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