Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – A CPP-NPA terrorist (CNT) was killed by the troops of 75th Infantry Battalion which is under the operational control of the 401st Brigade during an encounter at an uninhabited area in Sitio Montenegren, Brgy San Isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur at around 11:35 am on March 21, 2022.

The troops of 75th IB encountered more or less twenty (20) CNTs who have been conducting atrocities and extortion in Surigao del Sur area. Based on information from concerned citizens, the troops tracked down the armed group that subsequently resulted in an armed encounter that lasted for about ten (10) minutes until the CNTs fled leaving behind their dead comrade who is still for identification. The soldiers also seized six (6) high powered firearms, as follows: two (2) M16 rifles, two (2) AK 47 rifles, one (1) M653 rifle, and one (1) M203 grenade launcher. Other war materiel seized are sixteen (16) tents, seven (7) backpacks, three (3) commercial radios, one (1) GPS, Improvised Explosive Device Paraphernalia and documents with high intelligence value.

“Another unfortunate incident transpired wherein a CNT was killed and several others wounded. Hence, we are calling on the CNTs to surrender and allow us to help them treat their wounded comrades”, Col Rommel Almaria, 401st Brigade Commander stated.

He further said that “We are thankful for the support of the populace for their courage in reporting the presence of the CNTs at said area. Rest assured that we will not allow these terrorists to continue their nefarious activities that disrupt the peaceful lives of our people.”

“Again, we are appealing on the remaining Communist Terror Group members to surrender peacefully, we will accept you with open arms. Avail of the E-CLIP of the government and start new lives with your families. Together, we will end this conflict and achieve a lasting peace”, Col Almaria added.

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