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Three NPA Terrorists Killed in Camarines Norte Encounter



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES. Pili, Camarines Sur-- At least three members of NPA Terrorist Group were killed in an encounter with the operating troops in Sitio Banasi, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Jose Panaganiban, Camarines Norte, Thursday morning, July 5.


The said clash transpired when soldiers from Charlie Company of 9th Infantry Battalion were sent to the area after receiving reports about the presence of armed terrorists belonging to Larangan 1, Komiteng Probinsya 1 of Bicol Regional Party Committee.­


After an hour of exchange of gunfire, the rebel withdrew towards different directions leaving behind three bodies of the still unidentified NPA members. The soldiers also confiscated one AK 47 rifle, one M14 rifle, two M16 rifles, one Grenade Launcher, two improvised explosives, wires, assorted magazines and ammunition, radios, netbook, cellular phones, and backpacks containing personnel belongings.


No reported casualty on the government side while pursuit operation has been launched against escaping terrorists.


Meanwhile in a separate operation, combined elements of Philippine National Police and 2nd Infantry Battalion arrested an NPA member named Dante Aque aka Jomar/Santos of KSPN 4, Larangan 1, Komiteng Probinsya 4 of BRPC in Barangay Mabiton, Claveria, Masbate on same day. The authorities also confiscated .45 caliber pistol with 18 live ammunition in his possesion.


Maj. Gen. Jesus A Manangquil Jr AFP lauded the gallantry of the soldiers and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to concerned citizens who continuously provide reliable information that led to the successful operations against the terrorists group. He also said that the Joint Task Force Bicolandia will continue to conduct intensified operations against remaining members of the NPA who use violence to advance their communist agenda.


On the other hand, the Joint Task Force Commander once again called upon the armed terrorists to lay down their arms and peacefully return to the folds of the law so that peace and development in the region will be attained. He further said that the use violence to effect change is not the best solution to address societal issues and concerns. Instead, he encouraged the NPAs to avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) being offered by our government so that they can join in developmental initiatives that will really make difference in our society.

In addition, Maj. Gen. Mananagquil stressed that fight against terrorism and the preservation of peace is a shared responsibility of everyone.