Bunawan, Agusan del Sur – Decayed body of a New Peoples’ Army (NPA) terrorist, an AK47 rifle, five (5) magazines, and ammunition were found and recovered by troops of 75th Infantry Battalion (75IB) in Road 1K, Brgy Bunawan Brooks, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur yesterday, March 14, 2018 at around 1:50 PM.
Lt Colonel Jaime Datuin, Commanding Officer of 75IB said that the discovery came after the populace reported it to the Community Support Team in the area.
“The information given by the populace led to the recovery of the decayed body. It can now be given decent burial after the NPA terrorists abandoned it.
In 4th Infantry Division’s previous press release, two (2) Communist Party of the Philippines – New Peoples’ Army terrorists (CNTs) were left dead and recovered three (3) AK47 in an encounter with the combined troops of 401Bde at Road 1K, Brgy Bunawan Brooks, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur last February 18, 2018.
“The found body decayed with parts eaten by wild animals when the troops responded to the report of the populace in the area. In our assessment, the body is part of the NPA terrorist casualties during the encounter last February 18, 2018 at the same sitio of Brgy Bunawan Brooks.” Col Andres Centino, Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade (401Bde) stationed at Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.
Series of encounters transpired in the hinterlands of Brgy, Bunawan Brooks last month on February 14, 16 and 17 resulted to the seizure of different war materials such as 1 improvised explosive device, 1 backpack with personal belongings, detonating cord, detonating switch and blasting cap, 50 meters wire, one magazine for AK47 rifle and 30 rounds of ammunition. One (1) CNT was also killed during the February 16 encounter.
“This is not the first time that the NPA terrorists left the dead body of their cohorts. As a matter of fact, a month ago, they already left 3 bodies of their cohorts after the series of encounters with our troops in 401st Brigade. NPA terrorists actually had time to recover the body and inform the family. But they did not do it! To the members of the NPA, think twice, if you still wanted to pursue your failed armed struggle or live a normal life away from fear and hunger. The government still has Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) that surrenderees can take advantage of. Go back to the folds of the law, the government is waiting.” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of 4th Infantry Division said.