Three New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists died in an encounter with the 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion (291B) at Sitio Patagon, Barangay Anticala, Butuan City on Sunday, Jan. 27.
Through the continuous effort of Post Community Support Program (CSP), government troops of 291B received information from concerned civilian that NPA terrorists are conducting extortion and threat in the area.
The 29IB immediately conducted security patrol that resulted to an encounter with an undetermined number of NPA Terrorists under Toto Anub alias Dongkoy/Makoy at the hinterlands of Brgy. Anticala, Butuan City.
The three dead bodies of the NPAs Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda 21, Guerilla Front 21 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) are yet to be identified. One AK47, one M16, and one M16 with M203 were among those recovered firearms in the encounter site. Bloodstains in the withdrawal routes of the terrorist NPAs are still being tracked in the meantime.
“We strongly condemn the NPAs’ action and this is an indication that we have the support of the people and it shows that the people are getting desperate of the NPAs presence in their community. We will continue to protect the communities and their right to live peacefully,” said Lt. Col. Warren Munda, 291B Commanding Officer.
“We extend our sincerest condolence to the family of the NPAs. It is clear that NPA terrorists are not mindful of their comrades, leaving their dead bodies during clashes with our troops,” he added.
LTC Munda also said that the 291B under 402 Infantry Brigade and PNP counterparts will ensure that the dead bodies will be identified and delivered to their respective families, even though the government considers the NPA as a terrorist group.
“This is a gesture to show that Philippine Army respects Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Nevertheless, the 29IB will continue its thrust to promote peace and development in the area,” LTC Munda said. (1Lt Edmar C. Colagong, CMO Officer 29IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)