2 NPA Terrorists Die in Misamis Oriental-Bukidnon Boundary Clash

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon – Two Communist Party of the Philippines – New Peoples’ Army Terrorists (CNTs) died after a series of clash with troops under 403rd Infantry Brigade (403Bde) in the outskirts along the boundary of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon on March 30 and 31, 2018.

There were three clashes against CNTs that took place, around 1:30PM, 3:15PM and 4:20PM of March 30 at Brgy Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental with troops of 65th Infantry Battalion (65IB) and 1st Special Forces Battalion (1SFBn) both under 403Bde.

Successive clashes resulted to the seizure of terrorists’ encampment, death of a male CNT whose identity
is yet to be determined as of this release and a recovery of the following: one (1) bandoleer with four (4) magazines and live ammunitions of M16, M14, and AK-47 rifles; 20 meters wire for Improvised Explosive Devise (IED); subversive documents; and personal belongings.

Another clash with the CNTs took place March 31 around 12:25 PM with the 43rd Division Reconnaissance Company in the same area.

Found in the site was another dead body of a CNT to be determined, 1 – M16 rifle and 1 – Garand rifle.

Moreover, several CNTs were wounded from the globs of blood seen along CNTs’ withdrawal routes.

Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, Commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade stated, “We offer our sincere
condolences to the families and relatives on the death of the 2 NPA errorists. This could not have happened if they heeded our call of surrender. Hence, I once again call upon the CPP-NPA terrorists especially those who were wounded in the recent encounters with our troops, come down, we will help you seek proper medical attention along with our local officials and return to the mainstream society. ”

403Bde launched a wide-scale operations in relation to the just concluded 49th NPA Anniversary.

Further, it is also following information and complaints of the local populace of CNTs’ extortion, foraging, and
intimidations.

“What good does New Peoples’ Army has to celebrate in its 49th year? YES! It is a celebration of defeat in its aim to change the government from democratic to communist. A celebration of failed ideology. A celebration of murders, arson, extortion and exploitation to fellow Filipinos. We are thankful of the populace that have realized that there is no sense in supporting the failed armed struggle, those local government officials who are doing their mandate of protecting their constituents from NPA terrorists’
exploitation and the former NPAs that heeded to our call of surrender. You are the reason the NPA terrorist’s current degrading number,” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of 4th Infantry Division said. (PRESS RELEASE)

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