NPA guerilla killed in Bukid­non

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

A com­mu­nist rebel was killed while his firearm and sev­eral am­mu­ni­tion were seized af­ter govern­ment troops clashed with the com­mu­nist in­sur­gents in Im­pa­sug-ong Bukid­non on Fri­day, Jan­uary 5.

The mil­i­tary said troops from 403rd In­fantry Brigade were con­duct­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions in Barangay Bu­lonay when they en­coun­tered the New Peo­ples Army (NPA).

As a re­sult, an NPA mem­ber was killed and his Ak-47 ri­fle and live bul­lets were re­cov­ered.

The mil­i­tary said the ac­com­plish­ment was a re­sult of the con­tin­u­ous sup­port of the lo­cal govern­ment unit in safe­guard­ing the peo­ple.

“The armed forces have been given the task to pro­tect the peo­ple and the state from any threat, be it in­ter­nal or ex­ter­nal. With the co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port of the com­mu­nity, the jour­ney to­wards peace and de­vel­op­ment can be closer than we think, ”the mil­i­tary said.

Bri­gader Gen­eral Eric Vi­noya, 403rd Brigade com­man­der, said the ac­tiv­i­ties of the NPA com­bat­ants have been mon­i­tored in the area with the help of con­cerned cit­i­zens.

“Sad to say that be­cause of the self­ish in­ter­est of the ‘ter­ror­ists’ lead­er­ship who vic­tim­izes and lures in in­no­cent peo­ple to join their money group, one NPA had to die, ”Vi­noya said.

The re­cov­ered dead body will be turned over to the LGU for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and to fa­cil­i­tate the burial.

“I con­grat­u­late our troops for suc­cess­fully pro­tect­ing this peace­ful com­mu­nity against this ter­ror group. This shall serve as a stern warn­ing to all other NPA ter­ror­ists in North­ern Min­danao and Caraga re­gions. Sur­ren­der now or face the con­se­quences of your evil ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Ma­jor Gen­eral Ron­ald Vil­lanueva, com­man­der of the 4th In­fantry Di­vi­sion.

“There will be no let up on our op­er­a­tion to hunt down the re­main­ing ter­ror­ist mem­bers in this part of the coun­try, ”Vil­lanueva said.

The mil­i­tary said troops are still con­duc­ing pur­suit and clear­ing op­er­a­tions in the area.

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