4 NPAs killed, scores wounded in Surigao

Published November 2, 2020, 7:24 AM

by Mike Crismundo

CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – Four suspected members of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) were killed while an undetermined number of rebels were believed wounded during a gunbattle with government troops in the hinterland areas of Barangay Pangi, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur late on Saturday, the military reported on Monday.

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE)

Reports indicated that elements of the Philippine Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion (36th IB) under the command of Lt. Col. Jesreel J. Diagmel initially seized war materials from the running CNTs.

Troopers of the 36th IB seized in the encounter site one M-16 rifle, two M-16 rifles with grenade launchers, one AK-47 rifle, two converted .22-caliber rifles, three mobile phones, two universal serial bus (USBs), four pieces of memory cards, 20 pieces of jungle hammocks, 10 improvised beddings, 21 backpacks with personal belongings, assorted ammunitions, various documents and paraphernalia.

Government troops encountered around 40 armed CNTs who were suspected to be out to harass a COVID-19 quarantine checkpoint in the area.

The fierce gunbattle lasted for almost one hour before the CNTs retreated from their position and fled to different directions in the Diawata ranges in Surigao del Sur.

As of Sunday noon, the Army troopers have recovered from the encounter site the bodies of suspected NPA rebels.

Diagmel said more NPA rebels could have been killed during the clash as the troopers were still conducting pursuit operations in the area as bloodstains were seen in the rebels’ escape route.

The four recovered cadavers are not yet identified as of press time.

Hot pursuit operations are still ongoing.

There was no reported casualty on the government side.

The Army’s 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade ordered the deployment of more combat troops to beef up the pursuing 36th IB troops in Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the regional command of Caraga Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) based in Camp Col. Rafael C. Rodriguez here said the Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office (SDSPPO) is providing support to the ongoing pursuit operation against the CNTs in the area.

 
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