2 CNTs captured,
1 high powered firearm recovered in N. Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
April 6, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A platoon from 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion while
conducting security patrol in Brgy. San Vicente, Catubig, Northern
Samar encountered undetermined number of CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs)
at around 4:05 A.M. April 5, 2018.
Troops were in the area to
check the validity of the information relayed to them by the
populace on the extortion activities of the armed group. The
encounter resulted in the apprehension of two (2) suspected CNTs
(their names are presently withheld) and the recovery of one M16A1
Elisco rifle SN:039188, two magazines long, two magazines short, 79
rounds for 5.56mm ammunition, one Lenovo laptop, three USB drive,
one memory card, two card readers and, two cellphones. There was no
casualty or injury on the government side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander 8ID lauded the troops for a job well done and urged them
to be aggressive against the CNTs who continue to harass civilian
communities thru armed threats and deceptions.
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Farnacio said that, “troops are there in the area to protect
the people and safeguard the ongoing PAMANA Projects and other
government projects in Northern Samar. This incident clearly shows
that these CNTs are desperate to incur casualties to government
troops to slow down the delivery of basic services of the government
to the communities.”
“This terrorist group is
responsible for large-scale extortion activities, and other criminal
acts that instill fear and anxiety in the hearts and mind of the
peace-loving Filipinos that greatly affects their day-to-day
activities,” Farnacio added.