GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (DWDD) – Government Troops under the 30th Infantry “Python” Batttalion while responding to extortion complaints from civilians encountered more or less seven (7) communist terrorists which resulted to the recovery of an improvised land mine planted near Sitio Kauyangan, Brgy Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao Del Norte.
The said encounter happened yesterday morning which lasted for ten (10) minutes that also led to recovery of other war materials and foodstuffs.
“These communists have been there for a week conducting extortion to poor masses despite of the conditions of President Duterte to Stop NPA extortions before the resumption of Peace Talks. We also received reports that this group is conducting recruitment to minors on the said barangay.” 2LT Castillo, CMO Officer 30IB said.
It can be recalled the President Duterte set conditions which includes the cessation of extortion activities conducted by the NPAs before the resumption of Peace Talks last March of this year.
“It is clear that these communist do not want peace for the communities. They continue conducting extortion to poor people, harassing communities and recruiting minors to join their group.” LTC Rico Amaro, Commanding Officer of 30Ib said.
“It is also a violation of the NPAs on the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHIHL) regarding the use of land mines”.Amaro added. CARHIHL is the only document signed between the GRP and NDFP in 1998 in the Hague, Netherlands. 30IB CMO / MCAG