CAMP MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal (DWDD) – Intensified operations continues against New People’s Army terrorist in Nasugbu, Batangas after fifteen NPA’s were neutralized in an encounter against government forces on November 28, 2017.
The neutralized terrorist are believed to be remnants of the same NPA group which suffered heavy casualties in September, including the during an encounter with the elements of the 730th Combat Group under Maj Engelberto Nioda last November 20, 2017 at Brgy Utod of same municipality.
Accordingly, the Secretary of the NPAs Guerilla Unit 3 and one platoon leader were among those who engaged and eventually was neutralized in the said encounter.
According to Brigadier General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr, commander of the 202nd Infantry Brigade, which supervises the operations, the leadership vacuum brought about by the death of these NPA leaders signals the eventual demise of insurgency in Batangas.
He added that government troops recovered 12 high-powered firearms from the encounter site and that two wounded terrorists were given first aid by soldiers and were immediately evacuated to the nearest hospital for medical treatment.
“We put premium to the lives of our fellow Filipinos that is why when they lost their ability to fight, we extended a helping hand to save them and give them the chance to defend themselves before the court of law as they answer to their evil deeds” said General Burgos.
Even before President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that the NPAs will be classified as terrorists, security forces in the region intensified their counterinsurgency operations to put an end to their extortion activities and pre-empt any hostile actions that can hamper the booming economic potentials of CALABARZON.
Major General Rhoderick M Parayno, Commander of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, said that the NPAs which the government forces engaged have been on the run since September.
“This is in line with the president’s pronouncement that NPAs are terrorists. Your soldiers are more committed than ever to push harder and finally put an end to this insurgency in order to protect the Filipino people from fear and atrocities which the NPA terrorists plan to sow while ensuring the safety of our citizens in the area.”
MGen Parayno added that “all available assets, including aircraft, are on red alert. The NPAs will face the full might of the government that is why we call on their families to convince their relatives who are still blinded by their false ideology to give up their arms and prevent them from suffering the fate of the 14 terrorists who died tonight.”
Five (5) soldiers suffered minor injuries and are now in stable condition.
Pursuit operations were launched by joint forces of the PNP and the AFP. 2DPAO/MCAG