By 19th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
July 6, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Three CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) died in a clash against government troops under 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion earlier today, July 6, 2018 at 6:45 A.M. in Brgy. Panaca, Magpet, North Cotabato.
The encounter between 19IB and 50 CNTs of Pulang Bagani Command 2 (PBC2) of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee lasted for an hour that resulted in the recovery of one M16 rifle and three dead bodies of CNTs.
According to Lt. Col. Ehrlich Noel Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19IB said, “Civilians relayed information to our Community Support Program Team on the presence of armed CNTs in the area that prompted us to launch operations.”
In his statement, Maj. Gen. Ronald Villanueva, Commander, 4ID said, “I congratulate the dedication shown by the troops of 19th Infantry Battalion. They came in 4ID’s area of responsibility just early this year, yet they manage to contribute to the over-all campaign of the Division. Further, 4th Infantry Division is really serious in going after the NPA terrorists but, we are not closing doors for them. In fact, the government has E-CLIP that NPA surrenderees can avail if they decide to surrender and be a productive member of the society.”
“The local government of North Cotabato under Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza have been very supportive to surrenderees, both 4ID and the Provincial Government of North Cotabato are willing to assist the surrenderees in their reintegration process,” Villanueva added.