CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Army troops conducting relief operations were fired upon by NPAs in Barangay Linunggaman, San Francisco, Surigao del Sur, 8:30 P.M, Tuesday.
A platoon of 30th Infantry Battalion in a convoy with civilian partners from LGU, NGOs, and LGAs was harassed by members of New People’s Army after they have distributed relief goods for the communities affected by the recent magnitude 6.7 earthquake.
No casualty was reported on the incident.
It can be recalled that the NPA has declared the ceasefire in the area in order for the Government Agencies and Local Government Units to facilitate the Disaster Relief Operations and to restore the normalcy of the situation after the earthquake shook the entire province.
Col. Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade said, “In partnership with all the Government Agencies, NGOs, and civilian volunteers, we will not allow this recent act of treachery on the part of the NPA to cause the deprivation of basic needs due to the people affected by the disaster. It will not deter us to continue our efforts in helping the province to bring back to normal situation.”
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the recent harassment of NPA. There is no way that we can trust these terrorists. They have deceived the entire nation when they attack our soldiers with civilian volunteers who have just delivered relief goods the earthquake- stricken communities. The recent declaration of ceasefire by the NPA is nothing but lie and deception”, said by Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, 4ID Commander.