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By: Victor Baldemor Ruiz

Camp Lapulapu, Cebu City – Visayas Command (VISCOM) sustains its momentum, as 12 NPA terrorists were neutralized in Negros Island in just two days.

Ten NPA terrorists were killed, one got apprehended and one surrendered, following a series of encounters with the government troops from May 20 to 21.

The latest among these encounters transpired at Brgy Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental with the members of 15th Infantry Battalion in the afternoon of May 21. Said encounter resulted to one NPA terrorist killed and the recovery of one Cal. 45 pistol, two (2) magazine assemblies, one Anti-Personnel Mine and several NPA subversive documents.

In an earlier report, five NPA terrorists were killed and seven firearms were recovered in three clashes between the members of the 62nd Infantry Battalion and the NPA’s weakened guerilla front Central Negros 1 (CN1) of the Komiteng Rehiyon Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor (KR NCBS) at the different sitios in Brgy Quintin Remo, Negros Occidental on May 20. This was followed by another encounter in the early morning of May 21, where four NPA terrorists were killed, one was apprehended and one surrendered. Likewise, seven firearms were also recovered along with several war materiel during the said encounter.

Lieutenant General Benedict M Arevalo PA, the Commander of VISCOM commended the troops for their unwavering commitment in bringing just and lasting peace in the region, saying “I commend our troops for their unrelenting efforts and firm determination in the fight towards ending the local communist armed conflict in the Visayas region.”

He further stressed that, “Our sustained focused military operations are proving to be successful against the communist NPA terrorists, as we have sustained our momentum towards defeating these peace spoilers. With these series of major losses suffered by the communist NPA terrorist, we expect more of their comrades to surface and shed light among themselves before they suffer the same fate.”

Lt Gen Arevalo concluded as he call upon the remnants of the CPP-NPA to yield and return to mainstream society, “We continue our mandate as advocates of peace, as we once again urge the few remaining members of the CPP-NPA in the region to lay down your arms and abandon the armed struggle. It’s not too late for you to return to the folds of the law and embrace a peaceful life together with your respective families. Help and assistance from the government are awaiting upon your return.”


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