Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City – Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples’
Army Terrorists (CNT) left their comrades during an encounter with the troops of 26th Infantry
Battalion, Philippine Army at Sitio Vergara, Brgy Sta Emelia, Veruela, Agusan del Sur,
yesterday, February 10, 2018 at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
The government recovered 8 backpacks with medical supplies and paraphernalia, CNT’s
subversive documents and other personal belongings. Also found in the encounter site was a
male body of a CNT, identified as Levi Amando Bangonan, Also Known As “King”,
Commander of Samahang Yunit Pangpropaganda (SYP) Platoon, Guerilla Front (GF) 3 of
Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).
Earlier today during the pursuit operations, troops of 26IB found a female CNT cadaver that is
yet to be identified at Sitio Sitio Kinabugawan of the same Barangay. Further found are two (2)
Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs).
“It is clear that NPA terrorists are not mindful of their comrades, leaving their dead bodies during
clashes with our government troops. The 26th Infantry Battalion and 401st Infantry Brigade will
ensure that the dead bodies will be delivered to their respective families, even though the
government consider the NPAs as terrorists. This a gesture to show that Philippine Army
respects Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.” Colonel Andres Centino,
Commander of 401Bde said.
4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division is very serious in accomplishing its mission of putting to end
terrorism brought by NPAs in its area of responsibility in both Northern Mindanao and Caraga
“The death of 2 NPA terrorist in Agusan del Sur is a drawback in the ranks of the terrorist NPAs
knowing that one of them is the top propagandist and recruiter of GF3 of SMRC. I would like to
remind the active members of the terrorists NPAs that are still fighting for their failed armed
struggle, they have 2 options. Either, they can choose to suffer the same fate as their comrades
recently experienced, whose bodies were left during the clash with the government forces or
they can choose to feel and experience a new life away from the evils of Terrorism and its futile
efforts by surrendering with the benefits of Comprehensive Integration Program (CLIP) from the
government.” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of 4th Infantry Division said.
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