By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 7, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – A CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed during an encounter between the troops of 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade and the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in the evening of May 6, 2019 at Brgy. Tagan-ayan, Las Navas, Northern Samar.
The Army troops received reports about the presence of the CNTs in the said barangay as a show of force to their illegal imposition of Permit-to-Campaign (PTC) and Permit-to-Win (PTW) fees to local politicians. The government troops responded and that resulted to an armed encounter with the terrorists.
The firefight lasted for about ten (10) minutes that resulted in one (1) enemy killed (body count) and the recovery of one (1) Ingram M10A1 with nine (9) rounds of ammunition and one homemade shotgun. There was no reported casualty on the government side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, 8th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force STORM commended the troops for their steadfast action and likewise acknowledge the assistance of the residents for reporting the presence of the armed CNTs.
In his statement, Maj. Gen. Farnacio said that “Nakakalungkot isipin na isang kababayan natin ang namatay dahil sa pagsama sa teroristang CPP-NPA. Sana sumuko na lahat ang mga NPA para makakuha ng mga benepisyo galing sa Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program o ECLIP at magbagong buhay na.”
“Nakikiusap tayo sa ating mga kababayan na ipagbigay-alam agad sa pinakamalapit na himpilan ng kasundaluhan o kapulisan ang presensiya ng mga armadong grupo na nanamantala at nagpapagamit sa mga pulitiko para manlamang at manalo sa halalan.”
“Magtulungan at magkaisa tayo upang maidaos natin ang halalan na ligtas at payapa,” Farnacio added.