Friday, February 27, 2015

Army captures NPA camps

From the Website of Philippine Army

Army captures NPA camps

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City—Troops of 4th Infantry Division captured two NPA camps following two separate armed encounters in Brgy Padiay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur on February 23, 2015.

The first clash happened at about 12:50 p.m., wherein troops of 26IB, led by 2LT BRYAN O VILLENA of 26Th Infantry Battalion, were able to close-in with the NPAs. The fire fight lasted for 10 minutes after which the NPAs scampered leaving their makeshift camp and some ammos of AK 47.

Another clash happened at about 3:10 p.m., wherein troops from the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion, under CPT ROMEO FERDINAND N BAUTISTA, were up against more or less 30 NPAs. The fire fight lasted for about 40 minutes after which the NPAs abandoned their camp and fled the area. Troops were able to recover 4 Anti personnel Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other war paraphernalia. The NPA camp can accommodate about 50 persons.

Brgy Padiay of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur is a hinterland barangay which is also a boundary of the three provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur. These areas are known to be NPA safe havens and have been the staging areas in conducting different atrocities in the region. One of these was their multiple murder of civilians particularly the killing Joey Sabas, Noel Estiban, Nanny Egua and Godofredo Piamonte in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur last July 16 2014.

MGen Oscar T Lactao, Commander of 4th Infantry Division said, “We are now fighting the NPas in their strongholds and we will continue to hunt to prevent them from harming our fellow Filipinos”.

“Our fellow Filipinos have always been wanting for a peaceful CARAGA. We are calling on our brothers who are still in the mountains fighting against the government to lay down their arms and return back to the folds of the law. It is not yet too late and together we can help you to grow and live a normal life” MGen Lactao added.

(Press Release from 4th Infantry Division DPAO)


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