LAGONGLONG, Misamis Oriental – Two CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) die during series of clash against government troops under 403rd Infantry Brigade (403Bde) of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division at Brgy. Banglay, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.
The first encounter took place around 9:00 AM, May 27 against 30 CNTs coming from Guerilla Front 4B of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), near Sitio Kamansi that lasted for about 25 minutes which resulted to the death of two CNTs and the seizure of two AK-47 Rifles and one M16 Rifle. One of the CNTs was identified as Odelo Compas also known as (AKA) Sapayanan, a functional staff for Explosives/Ordnance and Production of said CNT group. The identity of the other dead CNT member is yet to be determined as of this release.
As the troops continue to conduct pursuit operations, another 20-minute firefight took place 1:45 PM the same day, near Sitio Bayhutao of same Barangay. The encounter resulted to the wounding of a soldier that was evacuated to Camp Evangelista Station Hospital at Cagayan de Oro City, 10:00 AM yesterday, May 28 and is now in stable condition. Further, troops were able to seized enemy encampment with 20 makeshift bunkers that can accommodate 50 CNTs, and recover one M203 grenade launcher, one 12-guage shotgun, one M635 Carbine, one air gun, ammunitions, sniper scope, 3 backpacks with personal belongings and subversive documents.
Meanwhile, troops believe that several other CNTs were also wounded during the series of clash as evident by the bloodstains that were seen in the withdrawal route and from the reports received by the 403Bde after the encounter.
Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, Commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade said, “I am extending my condolences to the friends and families of NPA terrorists who died in the clash with government troops. It have not resulted into this if only these terrorists heeded the call of the government to lay down their arms and go back to the folds of the law.”
On the other hand, functional staff for Explosive/Ordnance and Production of Guerilla Front 4B of NCMRC is the one responsible for making and producing Improvised Explosive Devise and landmines.
“NPA terrorists are the reason why there are delays of development in the areas of Mindanao. They are desperately recruiting people that will join their failed armed struggle by force, threat and intimidation. Further, NPA terrorists are the ones laying down IEDs and landmines that endanger not only lives of our soldiers but also the innocent civilians. Campos who is a functional staff for Explosives/Ordnance and production of Guerilla Front 4B is a bomb maker himself. He makes landmines and IEDs proving that NPAs disrespect the International Humanitarian Law and are worthy to be called as terrorists.” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of 4th Infantry Division said.