BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 23 -- Troops of 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion, Philippine Army recovered two high powered firearms and NPA personal belongings after the series of encounter in the hinterlands of Barangay Sangay, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte from September 15-16, 2019.
The encounter transpired while the troops were responding to the information from the local populace regarding the presence of armed men in the area. The series of firefight resulted in the recovery of the following items: two M1 Garand rifles; one magazine of AK47; 20 rounds of 7.62mm M14 (serviceable); three clips of Garand loaded with 24 rounds; one cellular phone; two clips of caliber 30, M1 Garand; and two civilian bags with assorted clothing.
The said group of terrorists are believed to be members of Samahang Yunit Propaganda SIKOP, Guerilla Front Committee 4A, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee under an unknown leader.
Lt. Col. Francisco Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23IB expressed his gratitude to the concerned citizens of Barangay Sangay, Buenavista for their cooperation and for providing timely and positive information about the presence of CNTs in the area.
"Through the help of the residents and the commitment of the troops to the mandated task in serving the people and securing the land, we prevented again the senseless CNTs from conducting extortion, recruitment, and manipulation to the vulnerable residents. Let us continue our partnership to finally End LocalCommunist Armed Conflict in our area and create a peaceful environment. We will never get tired of pursuing the enemies," Molina said.
"To the remaining members of CNTs, now is the right time to go back to the folds of the law. Don't waste your life being victimized by their false ideologies. Stand for what is right and open your eyes for the truth. Go back to the government and contribute to maintaining peace in our area," Molina added. (1Lt. Roel Maglalang, CMO Officer, 23IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)