58IB prevents CTG hostile plans, high-powered firearm and war materials captured by troops in Mis Or

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – A high-powered firearm was recovered during a clash between the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) and government troops under the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion this afternoon, July 06, 2022.

The said encounter happened at around 3:30 in the afternoon, in the hinterlands of Barangay San Juan in Balingasag, while the troops responded to the information from a concerned citizen following the presence of the armed group in their farm land. The firefight lasted for about ten (10) minutes, and the troops recovered. One AK-47 assault rifle, four (4) magazines AK47 with ammo, three (3) magazines M16 with ammo, five (5) bag packs with personal belongings, one rifle grenade, assorted medical paraphernalia, and subversive documents.

Lieutenant Colonel Ricky L. Canatoy, Commanding Officer of the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion, said that, “The encounter is a result of the continued effort and active steps to thwart enemy activities.” We urge the remaining members of CTGs to lay down their arms and live a peaceful and normal life and refrain from needless life loss. However, our troops will not hesitate and remain vigilant to use force against peace spoilers and other threat groups who will continue to use terrorism. “

Additionally, Lt. Col. Canatoy expresses his sincere appreciation to the residents of Brgy San Juan in Balingasag for their prompt and precise information on the presence of the CTGs. The said barangay is a beneficiary of the 20 million pesos ELCAC Support to Barangay Development Project (SBDP) being cleared from CTG influence and the encounter is a sign that the people in the community are not tolerating the presence of CTG that prompted them to report the same to the government troops.

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