Troops intensify security efforts against CNTs in Surigao

Published March 21, 2018, 12:39 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Francis Wakefield

Troops of the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion has intensified its security efforts within the unit’s area of operations as Communist-NPA Terrorist (CNTs) threat continues.

Surigao del Sur map (Google Maps / MANILA BULLETIN)

Relentless military operations to include combat operations, security operations such as intensified AFP-PNP checkpoints, route and areas security to deter entry/exit of terrorist and lawless elements and the conduct of massive security awareness campaign to inform the public on the true nature of the CPP-NPA terrorist and its deceptive recruitment strategy.

Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad, 36th IB commanding officer, said recent encounters in the province of Surigao del Sur are results of the continuous campaign to address the armed component of the communist terrorist group.

He said while AFP-PNP checkpoints have intensified due to continuing threats of the CNTs in the province, commuters and private vehicles will be randomly checked especially those unidentified personalities entering and exiting communities within the municipality.

It can be recalled that, around 11:30 a.m. today troops of the 36IB intercepted foreigners at the checkpoint in Dreamland Patrol Base, Sitio Dreamland, Brgy. Alba, Tago, Surigao del Sur.

As a routine process, the foreigners were subjected to questioning and asked on their proper identification as they have violated Municipal Ordinance and Tribal Laws. Hence, the group was invited at Tago Municipal Police Station for documentation and identification.

They were later released upon documentation as witnessed by their legal counsel, Atty Antonio Azarcon.

“We call for all commuters to cooperate and voluntarily subject themselves in the routine process of the AFP-PNP checkpoints. Our troops will require you to present your IDs, the purpose of your travel and may even subject you to logbook for documentation purposes in ensuring safety and security in the area,” Trinidad said.

“The said protocol will prevent ill-motive groups entering/exiting our community. They have nothing to fear if they have nothing to hide or have not violated any laws”

“Likewise, we call to all stakeholders to support the military operations conducted as part of the unit’s intensified efforts in the implementation of Martial Law to bring a long and lasting peace and development in our community,” he added.