GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte – 30th Infantry PYTHON Battalion (30IB) recovers a decomposing body of Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army terrorist (CNT) yesterday, 3 o’clock in the afternoon, July 14, 2018 at Brgy Lahi, Gigaguit, Surigao del Norte.

Earlier that day, residents reported to 30IB’s Community Support Program (CSP) team deployed in the area the foul scent that came from the mountainous part of the said community.

“From the information received, our CSP team together with the barangay captain and local tanods went to the area to check where and what caused the foul scent. Around one kilometer from the community, the group found a decomposing body of an NPA terrorist.” Lieutenant Colonel Allen Tomas explained.

Found with the body were pair of rain boots, and a bandoleer, a Spikes Tactical SL15 Striker 5.56mm Rifle, four magazines and 81 rounds of ammunitions. The recovered body and items were directly brought to the barangay.

It can be recalled that last July 10, 2018, there was a 15-minute firefight between troops of 30IB and 10 CNTs of Sangay ng Partido sa Platun 16C (SPP16C), Guerilla Front Committee 16 (GFC16) of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Command (NEMRC) at the vicinity of same barangay, Gigaquit town. There was no casualty reported in the troops of 30IB yet, bloodstains show that there were casualties from the CNTs’ SPP16C.

“After 4days from the encounter in Brgy Lahi, our troops found a dead NPA terrorist left by his comrade. This is not the first incident where NPA terrorists leave their dead comrade in the encounter site. They even did not inform the family nor gave a decent burial. Further, we would like to thank the residents of Brgy Lahi that lead to the recovery of the body so it can finally be turned-over to his family and be given a decent burial.” Brigadier General Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade stated.

Moreover, the body was claimed and identified as Romel Tac-an Also Known As (AKA) Jasper, the Vice Commander of SPP16C by his father, Mr Jaime Tac-an.

“I would like to extend my deepest condolence to the family of the NPA terrorist that was again left dead by his companions in an encounter with our troops. This could not have not happened if they heeded to the government’s call of living a normal life by going back to the mainstream society. We have been in this war for almost 50yrs yet, the CPP’s ideology is still a failed ideology. It is not yet too late, the government has interventions for those who want to abandon their failed armed struggle. The Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) is already being implemented where regular NPA surrenderees and Milisyang Bayan can avail the benefits under this program.” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of Army’s 4th Infantry Division said.

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