Bancasi, Butuan City – The Commander of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade condemned the atrocities of the CPP-NPA terrorist and lamented its insensitivity and anti-people posture after it continued its terror spree while the government is observing the ceasefire and effected the suspension of military operations (SOMO) due to the COVID-19 crisis.
While the country is determined to end the COVID-19 crisis with all the agencies uniting together in order to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CNTs is also hell bent on spreading terror and on the spree of targeting innocent civilians supportive of the government peace initiatives and the AFP and PNP troops conducting security operations in line with the implementation of the State of Calamity and other guidelines and protocols in Caraga region.
Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander lambasted the CNTs incapability to grasp the gravity of the situation confronting the whole country when it killed innocent civilians, a Tribal Leader and a former rebel who was also an IP, and took advantage of the Army soldiers focus and participation towards containing and preventing the entry of the COVID-19 possible carriers in Caraga region.
The IP community of San Miguel town to include the whole tribal communities in the province of Surigao del Sur is once again full of grief with the sudden and tragic death of its two (2) members, Datu Bernandino "Bandi" Astudillo, 74 y/o, Brgy Tribal Chieftain and Datu Zaldy "Domingo" Ybañez, 65 y/o and a Former Rebel, both from Brgy Magroyong of same town, when they were brutally executed by the CNTs. Hon Datu Rico Maca, the IP Mandatory Representative of San Miguel town in the province of Surigao del Sur is distraught on the killing of the members of his tribe. He condemned the CNTs attack to civilians particularly the attack of IPs with no direct involvement in the armed conflict.
“Ang dalawang biktima ay brutal na pinatay dahil sa dami ng saksak ng itak sa ibat ibang parte ng katawan. Ang pagpatay sa mga myembro ng tribu ay isang hudyat na ang totoong berdugo at kriminal ng mga katutubo ay mga myembro ng New People’s Army. Kinompirma ng mga tribu at myembro ng pamilya na ang pumatay sa mga biktima ay mga NPA dahil personal na nakita ang mga salarin”.
Meanwhile, recent clashed of government troops against the CNTs at Sitio Capangdan, Barangay Urbiztondo, Claver, Surigao del Norte and KM 9, Brgy Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur after troops, while conducting quarantine assistance that pre-empted planned CNT attack towards unarmed civilian community and mining firm and threatened civilian IP communities showed the perplexity of the CNTs and instead display its duplicity attacking government troops observing the ceasefire and amidst COVID-19.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, under Proclamation Nr 299, has placed the entire country under the State of Calamity after the rising COVID-19 cases in the country and followed a declaration of unilateral ceasefire with the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) to pave the way on the government’s priority response over the COVID-19 pandemic disease.
In his statement, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade, underscores the importance of every agencies and stakeholders to help one another in this trying times and the challenges that besets the country. He said that while his troops exert all efforts to contribute in ending the pandemic disease, the CNTs with their allied left-leaning organization and other cohorts have taken advantage the situation by staging terror threats and sow propaganda and divisiveness among the people.
“The anti-people and insensitivity on the plight of the people by the CNTs manifest the true pathetic color and the intent of destroying this country riding on the supposed issues while our government is doing its best to protect the people from the outbreak. Taking undue advantage of the situation in order to advance their long dream in overthrowing the government proved the CPP-NPAs selfish and evil motives. We call on to all Caraganons, let us not be swayed by the treachery of the CNTs and instead deplore them for dragging us backwards from the development and peace the people are longing for. Likewise, we exhort all Filipinos to unite with us and end this disease together as one family, one nation", Brigadier General Licudine added.