BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 21 -- Troopers of the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23rd IB), Philippine Army discovered a Communist New People's Army Terrorists' (CNTs') hideout in the hinterlands of Barangay Amparo, Butuan City on the evening of September 17, 2020 after conducting a follow-up operation based on the information provided by Alias DANSOY/KEVIN, the Political Instructor (PI) of Sentro De Gravidad CAOCAO, Guerilla Front-4A, North Central Mindanao Regional Command.
It can be recalled that Alias DANSOY/KEVIN surrendered to 23rd IB on the same date. The discovered hideout has an estimated land area of three hundred square meters (300m2) which can accommodate more or less 28 persons. It was abandoned a few hours prior to discovery.
Seized from the said hideout were one Motorcycle (SKYGO), 314 rounds of live ammunition of Ctg Cal .30, Carbine; 54 rounds of live ammunition of Ctg 5.56mm, M16 Rifle; four rounds of live ammunition of Ctg 7.62mm, M14 Rifle, one long magazine for M16 Rifle; one short magazine for M16 Rifle; three Short Magazines for Cal .30, Carbine, one round of live ammunition of Ctg 40mm, HE M203 GL, one short magazine for cal. .30, Carbine; six blasting caps; one handheld radio (Baofeng), three batteries for handheld radio (Baofeng); one charger for handheld radio (Baofeng); three antennas for handheld radio (Baofeng); three USB connectors; 17 pieces sim cards; two memory adaptors; two chargers for cellular phone; one rubber duck; three civilian bag packs; one jungle hammock; five tents; assorted medical supplies; assorted clothing; one-half (½) sack of rice; and subversive documents.
Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, Commander of 23IB expressed gratitude to the former rebel (FR) who provided the positive information to the unit.
"Through the active cooperation of the FR who recently surrendered to our unit, we have located the CNT hideout and probably foil their hostile plans in the community. We now have two best reliable sources of positive information -- the weary civilian populace and the FRs," Paulo said.
He also emphasized that the CNTs no longer have a place to hide as the civilians are now are showing their full support to the government particularly to the Army and the police.
"No matter where these CNTs will hide, we will still locate them and we will continue to pursue them because we know that they are just around the area," Paulo said.
He again urged the remaining and tired CNT members in Agusan del Norte to listen to the call of the government and take hold of the opportunity being offered to them.
"Come down, lay down your arms, and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) of the government. But, if you will not heed to our call, then we will never hesitate to use our force to neutralize you for the benefit of the Filipino people who longed to live peacefully," Paulo said. (1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang, CMO Officer, 23IB, 4ID, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)