CPP NPA terrorists in Samar
803rd Infantry Brigade,
January 13, 2019
CAMP SUMOROY, Catarman,
Northern Samar – Army troops operating in Samar Province
encountered CPP NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in a remote area in Barangay
Bay-ang, San Jorge, Samar on January 12, 2019 at around 6:50 in the
In a report from Lt. Col.
Rizaldo N. Laurena, Commanding Officer of the 63rd Infantry
(Innovator) Battalion based in Barangay Erenas, San Jorge, Samar,
his troops were on their way to Barangay Bay-ang when they chanced
upon a group of fully armed CNTs operating in the area that
triggered a brief firefight and an explosion.
After the encounter, nine
soldiers were slightly wounded due to shrapnels from the blast while
there are undetermined casualties on the side of the enemy. The
wounded troops were evacuated to the nearest hospital for their
In his statement, Brig.
Gen. Ramil M. Bitong said that “the encounter in San Jorge is a
significant accomplishment against the CNTs. As of this report, our
troops are pursuing the main body of the fleeing CNTs, comprised of
the EVRPC leadership. Our sources disclosed that the CNTs were
planning to launch tactical offensives throughout Region 8. Another
desperate attempt of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee to
stay relevant by sowing fear and discontent among the residents of
Region 8. This prompted the brigade to launch an offensive against
them. The reliable reports of the residents of Barangays Bay-ang and
Mobo-ob both of San Jorge and Brgy Beri of Motiong, who were
complaining of the CNT abuses against them helped the government
troops to close in on them.
The Brigade and the whole
Team 8ID will be always ready to help our people. We are committed
to stop the EVRPC's reign of terror in Region 8. Lastly, we appeal
to the remaining NPA's and all misguided citizens who still support
them to stop their activities and join the rest of society. Don’t be
deceived.” Gen. Bitong added.