CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – One New Peoples Army (NPA) member was killed and 6 high powered firearms were seized after troops of 58th Infantry Battalion (IB), Philippine Army raided a group of about 15 NPAs of Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1), North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC) in an uninhabited hinter area of Mt. Obulan, Misamis Oriental at around 5pm December 10, 2019.
The army troopers responded on complaints from poor farmers concerned about a group of NPAs who are unfairly claiming patches of their root crops and threatening them anew.
The troops immediately responded and was able to locate and raided these unsuspecting Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs). The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes after which the enemies scampered towards different directions.
The said encounter resulted in the death of one dead CNT member initially identified as Benjie Tandayon alyas Jay-r, and the recovery of two M653 rifles, one M16A1 rifle, one AK-47 assault rifle, one M1 Garrand rifle, one cal .22 rifle, subversive documents with high intelligence value and other personal belongings. A soldier was also wounded on his right arm but refused to be evacuated after application of first aid and chooses to stay on for the pursuit as there still traces of blood along in the many directions of withdrawal of the NPAs.
“We will be extending our deepest symphathies to the family and friends of the NPA who was killed. I have ordered the ground commander to bring down the dead body, give him respect and decent preparation for his burial and deliver him to his family as soon as we have confirmed his identity”, Lt. Col. Roy Anthony O Derilo, Commander of 58IB said.
“In the course of our further search and pursuit in relation to this encounter, i just hope and pray there are no other fatalities on the NPAs that we would discover along the way,” Lt. Col. Derilo, added.
To him, much as he do not want NPAs dying further, had to conduct no-let up operations to keep the pressure for the much better possibility of having these remaining NPAs consider surrendering so he, and the LGUs and partner agencies, could help them towards a better chance in life.