CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City– Troops under the 26th Infantry Battalion encountered an NPA terror group in the outskirts of Sitio Mandanao, Brgy Bunucayan, Loreto town of Agusan del Sur at around 1:30pm yesterday, March 23, 2017, resulting in the death of 2 NPAs and the wounding of several others while troops recovered 2 firearms.
“We acted upon the reported NPA extortion activities in the said community.” As explained by Ltc Rommel Pagayon, 26IB Commanding Officer.
Ltc Pagayon pointed out the total disregard of the NPAs to human rights. He said, “I sent troops to address the situation. However, these NPAs really do not care about the welfare of the civilians nearby when they indiscriminately opened fire on my soldiers.”
The troops managed to position to a vantage position and were able to push the NPAs away from the said community after a 30-minute firefight.
Tracks of blood and flesh from the severely wounded NPA members were seen in their (NPA) escape route. Troops also recovered 2 high-powered firearms (AK47 and an Akkar Shot gun), personal belongings, and subversive documents left by the beleaguered NPAs. Furthermore, civilians also saw the NPAs carrying their wounded and dead. Civilians also confirmed the two (male and female) NPA fatalities that were accordingly left in the outskirt area. Unfortunately, one CAFGU member ( a name is withheld prior notification of kin) also died after suffering a gunshot wound on his inguinal area.
It is very unfortunate that this tragedy has to happen. Our hearts are grieving for the death of our three fellow Filipinos. To those NPAs who died during the clash, they should have been alive by now if only their leaders did not deceive them to join their terror group. We urge the leader of the said NPA group to bring his wounded comrades to the hospital. We shall not let them suffer so much pain in the mountains. We are also offering our medical assistance to help your wounded comrades.” Ltc Pagayon stressed.