Bancasi, Butuan City – The 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion under the Operational Control (OPCON) to 402nd Infantry Brigade overraned another Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army Terrorist (CNT) lair in an encounter that transpired around 12:30 this afternoon, January 30, 2020 at Sitio Kapatagan, Palo 8 Brgy Buenavista, Tandag City.
Elements of 36IB clashed with more or less fifteen (15) CNTs under Joel Mahinay alias Nico of Guerilla Front 30 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee and seized the following war materiel: one (1) M16 Rifle, one (1) Garand Rifle, one (1) magazine of M16 Rifle loaded with ten (10) rds of live ammunition, two (2) ammo clips of M1 Garand Rifle, components for Anti Personnel Mine (APM), and various subversive documents.
Since termination of the ceasefire declared by PRRD this January 2020, the 402nd Brigade immediately continued its offensives against the communist terrorist group and have already captured five (5) CNT lairs.
“The said encounter is a result of long process of validation from different sources particularly vital information coming from civilian residents who reported suspicious activities in the area”, said Brigadier General Maurito Licudinde, Commander of the 402nd Brigade covering the 1st District of the province of Surigao del Sur as among its area of responsibility in the Caraga region.
“We reiterate our call to the remaining CNT members to heed our call of surrender and start to live in peace because we will not cease to track you down and bring you to justice. So, your only option now is to choose the path of peace and go back to your families. You can avail the government’s integration program, the E-CLIP, it’s your way to start and live a normal life again”, BGen Licudine added.
For this month alone, 402nd Brigade has a total of six (6) encounters against the CNTs under the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) and five (5) CNT members surrendered.