Two CNT lives lost in a clash against 36IB in Surigao del Sur

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur- Operating troops of the 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion, encountered more or less ten (10) Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at Brgy. Nurcia, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur at around 3:00 p.m., April 29, 2022.

Residents of Nurcia found out about the planned extorsion of the CNTs on the campaign rallies of politicians and the community and decided to tip off the troops of 36IB of their location. The unit immediately responded and conducted clearing operations and was able to catch the CNTs in an ecounter. The exchange of fires lasted for about ten (10) minutes which resulted in the death of two (2) CNT members and the recovery of one (1) M16 rifle and one (1) Cal. 45 pistol.

The 36IB coordinated with the PNP as the bodies of the CNTs were brought to Madrid District Hospital for proper verification and proper disposition.

Lt. Col. Michael Rey S. Reuyan, Commanding Officer of 36IB said that “With the help and support of Surigaonons, we will continue our pursuit operations against CNTs to pre-empt their extorsion activity and terroristic acts. Likewise, this encounter will serve as an eye-opener to the remaining CNTs who still refuse to surrender. This may be the outcome they may also end up with. End the Armed conflict return to your families, surrender yourself, and take control of your life.”

Likewise, the 901st Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. George L. Banzon reiterated, “To the remaining CPP-NPA terrorists, lay down your firearms, return to your families, especially this coming National and Local Elections (NLE), every citizen shall exercise their right to vote and take their opportunity to be part in the conduct of electoral process. Therefore, Get Out and Vote. Go back to the mainstream of the society and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the government intervention package for those who will surrender,” he added.

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