Five Firearms, CNT Leader and two others captured in Sarangani clashes

April 24, 2018



NSFA, Panacan Davao City - Troops captured an NPA Terrorist Leader during pursuit operations after an encounter transpired in Sitio Salbuyan, Brgy. Amsipit, Maasim, Sarangani Province between the troops of  27th Infantry Battalion (IB) and an undetermined number of NPA Terrorists early morning of April 23, 2018.


In a report by Ltc. Jones Brisal Otida, the Battalion Commander of 27th IB, he said that the pursuing troops captured a wounded NPA   along Sitio Lunay, Brgy. Amsipit, Maasim, Sarangani Province seven hours after the encounter.


Accordingly, the NPA was identified as Pablito Torno @Jebjeb, a Vice Commander of the NPA Terrorist Group that is roaming in the said area. He was immediately given first aid before being evacuated to a hospital in General Santos City for medical attention.


In a separate incident, the troops of 73IB, while responding to an information on the presence of NPA Terrorist encountered an undetermined number of NPA Terrorist at So. Bagyang, Brgy Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province, 9:00 o' clock AM of April 24, 2018.



No casualty was reported on the part of the govt while two CNTs were captured. Ltc Marion Ancao, Battalion Commander of 73IB identified the captured terrorists as Sarah Balabang and Bactira Masalon.


Initially, troops recovered two terrorist firearms, an M16, and a Carbine


On the other hand, recovered during the earlier encounter yielded the following:


a. Three (3) M16 rifles with SN: RP014050, L782952, L782940

b. One (1) Hand Grenade

c. One (1) Rifle Grenade

d. Three (3) Baofeng HH Radios

e. Eight (8) Jungle Backpacks with personal belongings

f. Subversive documents


In both incidents, concern military units are coordinating with the PNP in the same area for legal proceedings and proper charges against the arrested terrorists.

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