BAUNGON, Bukidnon – A Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army terrorist (CNT) died in an encounter with 65th Infantry STALWART Battalion (65IB) at Brgy Lacolac, Baungon, Bukidnon, 5:20AM today, October 21, 2018.
An information was received from a concerned citizen that there are CNTs’ presence in the vicinity of Brgy Lacolac that prompted 65IB to launch its operations.
Government troops were in Purok1 of the abovementioned barangay when they encountered CNT’s Guerilla Front Committee 68 (GF68) of North Central Mindanao Regional Command. Firefight lasted for 40 minutes after which the enemy scampered in different directions.
Further, troops recovered one dead body of CNT and his M16 rifle in the encounter site. The cadaver was already turned-over to PNP Baungon for proper disposition and identification.
“It is very unfortunate that we lost another Filipino life today when an NPA terrorist died during an encounter with the troops of 65th Infantry Battalion. This could not have happened if the leaders of said terrorist organization did not deceive and offer lies to our poor farmers and Lumads, which forced them to take up arms against the government.” Brigadier General Eric Vinoya said.
The government offers the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) to those remaining CNTs who want to abandon the armed struggle.
“The 4th Infantry Division is willing to help NPA terrorists who wish to surrender. We will assist them in processing for the ECLIP. I am sure many of them wanted to go home to their families and love ones; many of them are tired of their life in the armed movement; and many of them want to experience a life away from chaos, hunger and fear of losing their lives in an encounter with our troops. I call on the remaining NPA terrorists not to waste your time in the failed armed revolution, these are the times that should be spent happily with your families and love ones.” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of Army’s 4th Infantry Division said.