CNTs anew in Pinabacdao, Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
April 9, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Troops from 46th Infantry (Peacemaker) Battalion, 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army encountered
CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at Brgy. Canlobo, Pinabacdao, Samar on
April 08, 2019 at 3:15 p.m.
Based on the initial
report from Lt. Colonel Noel A Cagasan, Commanding Officer 46th
Infantry Battalion, his troops were conducting security operations
to check the presence of CNTs in the outskirts of the aforesaid
While approaching a
forested portion in the area, the troops encountered undetermined
number of CNTs believed to be the fleeing rebels encountered by the
troops of 87th Infantry Battalion on April 7, 2019 at Brgy.
Manlilinab, Basey Samar. Firefight ensued for about five minutes.
The troops recovered live
ammunitions and empty shells for M16 rifles and one (1) sack of
potato. No casualty reported on the government side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” ordered a pursuit operation
against the running CNTs/rebels, “Nasusundan na natin sila, di natin
sila titigilan para sa kapakanan ng mga kababayan natin”. MGen
“I am calling the
families, relatives and friends of our misguided brothers to
persuade their family members turned NPAs, to return to the
mainstream society, to go back to their respective families and feel
the warm embrace and comfort of their loving sons and daughters.
Encourage them to avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration
Program (E-CLIP) of the government,” Farnacio added.