BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 16 -- Two terrorists New People's Army (NPA) were killed in clash with the government troops in Barangay Bunawan Brook, Agusan del Sur at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019, after the 75th Infantry Marauder Battalion (75IB) conducted security operations in the area due to the reports of the concerned citizens on the presence of armed men in Sitio Sta Monica, Bunawan Brook, collecting money and foodstuffs to the residents.
The 15-minute clash erupted after the NPA fired upon the patrolling soldiers while clearing the vicinity of the Sitio Sta. Monica, which resulted to the death of two terrorists and the recovery of one Norinco AK 47 rifle, one M16A1 rifle, one Cal. 45 pistol, one hand grenade, empty magazines of AK47 and M16, backpacks and personal items, while there was no reported casualty on the government side.
According to Lt. Colonel Jaime Datuin, commanding officer of 75IB,the encounter was the result of the joint efforts of 75IB and the concerned residents of So. Sta Monica.
"Without the efforts of the residents themselves in giving us timely and accurate information, we cannot pinpoint the exact location of these terrorists. And because of that, we were able to decisively engage them, stopping them on their extortion activities to the residents, and preventing them to conduct more atrocities in my Area of Operations," he said.
Based on the report, the two terrorists killed belonged to the NPA's Weakened Guerrilla Front 14 under Arnold Orlanes Conejar, alias Jorlan, operating in the boundary municipalities of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.
"We will continue to intensify our security operations in the Brigade's Area of Responsibility to neutralize the remaining members of this terrorist NPAs to boost the confidence of our local government units in facilitating the localized implementation of EO 70 in the province. We now have three neutralized NPAs and four high powered firearms recovered just this week, and I strongly believe, this will send a strong message to these terrorists," Colonel Allan Hambala, commander of 401st Infantry Brigade, pointed out.
"Avail now of the government's amnesty initiative or die later. You are free to choose," Col. Hambala added.
The cadavers were brought to Dolete Funeral Homes in Trento for identification and proper disposition. (75IB, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)