DEL PILAR, CABADBARAN CITY – The New People’s Army (NPA) attacked the community of Brgy. Hinimbangan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte forcing eighty-nine (89) families to displace and evacuate at the Municipal gymnasium of Brgy. Crossing, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte on March 15, 2017.
The NPAs ruthlessly fired upon the community that has troops from 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion who are conducting development support and security operations also known as Bayanihan Team Activities(BTA) in the area. After three (3) consecutive harassments by the NPA in the barangay, a total of 357 civilians were forced to evacuate because of the threat posed by the said terror group.
According to the residents, NPAs forced the school faculty to cancel their classes and some (NPAs) have indiscriminately fired upon the houses in the community.
LTC GLENN JOY U AYNERA, the Battalion Commander of 29th Infantry Battalion said that “Once again, the NPAs have violated the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which is the only document that was duly signed by the GRP and NDF when they indiscriminately attacked the said community that caused the eventual and force evacuation of the people. Our troops were there to help the LGU in identifying the needs of the community in order to alleviate their living condition. However, this terroristic attack of the NPAs sowed fear among the people in that community. Rest assured that together with the PNP we will defend the community and will bring back the peace and order in the area.”
On the other hand, the troops of 29IB coordinated with the Local Government Unit of Kitcharao to address the basic needs of the displaced families in the area.
Likewise, they also distributed relief goods and food packs together with the Municipal Social Welfare Development.
“Despite the incident, we are still thankful that the people in that community still vows to fully support the development programs of the government especially that it will benefit their families. With this, the 29th Infantry Battalion will continue its efforts in solving the insurgency situation that hinders the peace and development in the area.” Ltc Aynera concluded.