Three NPA members were killed in a clash with government troops in Sitio Tibungco, Montevista, Compostela Valley Province around 9:30 a.m., April 30. The soldiers recovered a pistol and back packs from the NPA in the 10-minute firefight. The other NPA members immediately withdrew after the firefight while bringing the FAs of their dead members. There was no casualty on the government side. Civilian residents revealed that the NPA is again back to extort at their communities. They promised to report again to the military if the bandit group will again resurface in their Barangay. EASTMINCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III earlier directed all military units in the area to secure the communities from the NPA’s extortion. He further highlighted saying “Our soldiers are on its best effort to protect the communities from the NPA’s extortion and harassments”.
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Two (2) M14 and M16 rifles, 2 landmines, 200 meters detonating wire, medical paraphernalia, personal belongings and subversive documents were recovered by the soldiers of 25th Infantry Battalion of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division after a firefight with the NPA’s extortion unit in vicinity Sitio Sapdan, Brgy. Casoon, Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province at around 12:30 pm., Tuesday.
A soldier was wounded in the 1 hour clash while civilians reported that the NPA were seen dragging 3 heavily wounded companions. Troops are on its effort to search NPA casualties and their armaments left in the area.
It can be recalled that on December 11, 2013, 163 pieces of landmines were recovered by the government troops in a regional NPA landmine factory in Sitio Mampait, Brgy Kauswagan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur. A generator set was also recovered.
On January 19, 2014, 44 pieces of NPA landmines, 8 sacks of PVC pipes, batteries, detonating cords, and improvised firing device were recovered by the soldiers of 1003rd Infantry Brigade while on security patrols in Sitio Mampait, Brgy. Mansanitas, Agusan del Sur.
EASTMINCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III commended the soldiers of the 25th IB for the continuous effort in protecting the communities and the recovery of the NPA firearms. Earlier, Lt. Gen. Cruz said that the CPP/NPA/NDF continue to violate the CARHRIHL. “If the NPA are sincere about peace, they must stop manufacturing landmines as these kill people and destroy properties” Lt. Gen. Cruz added