17th Infantry Battalion responds to reports of CNTs in Brgy Masi, Rizal, Cagayan
CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Gamu, Isabela – The 17th Infantry Battalion, 5th Infantry (Star) Division, Philippine Army encountered more or less ten (10) CNTs on July 29, 2020 at 12:20 PM when they responded to the report of extortion activities of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) from a concern civilian in Brgy Masi and adjacent Barangays of Rizal, Cagayan.
Initial report of the incident disclosed that the firefight between the troops of 17IB and CNTs lasted for about ten minutes. There are no casualties on government troops while undetermined number of CNTs were seen withdrawing from the encounter site carrying wounded casualties with them.
LTC ANGELO C SAGUIGUIT (INF) PA, Commanding Officer of 17th Infantry Battalion, said that a hot pursuit operation is being conducted at the moment to capture these CNTs. He assured that they will exert all effort to destroy these terrorists to stop them from terrorizing the populace and protect the community against their extortion activities.
BGEN LAURENCE E MINA PA, Commander of 5th Infantry (Star) Division, expressed his sincere gratitude to the civilian populace who reported the presence of NPA extorting in their barangay. He also lauded the troops of 17IB who bravely faced the NPA terrorist in their desire to protect the community from NPA extortion.
“We are calling for the remaining NPAs to lay down their arms and give their families a chance to live with them in genuine peace. The government is more than willing to help those deceived NPAs thru E-CLIP. And for those who refuse to yield, the government forces are trained, equipped and motivated enough to stop them by all means necessary” BGEN MINA added.