A member of the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed and one was captured when a firefight ensued between government forces of the 30th Infantry (Fight On) Battalion, Philippine Army and the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the hinterlands of Brgy. Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte in the afternoon of January 13, 2020.
The two were both female combatants of the New People’s Army (NPA) believed to be members of SYP16C2 of Guerilla Front16 and Banakon Squad of SDG16, NorthEastern Mindanao Regional Committee. They were identified by as Danilyn S. Fabre alias Karen, 25yrs old, resident of Mainit and Jocelyn Hiningcagan alias Kyla, 22 yrs old resident of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.
The encounter took place when troops of 30IB were responding to a report from the civilians about the presence of the armed NPAs who were extorting money from the Royalty Shares of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Communities in the area. While the patrolling elements were on their way, they were fired upon by the NPAs who were encamped thereat that led to a firefight that lasted more or less thirty (30) fully armed CNTs surprised them.
The situation led to a firefight as the government troopers return fire that lasted for about forty-five (45) minutes forcing the NPAs to scamper at different directions leaving behind the cadaver of Karen and the helpless and wounded Kyla who sustained gunshot wound at her thigh/leg. Said female NPAs were discovered by the government forces out rightly abandoned by their comrades who only were interested to secure their respective own selves and no concern of their female comrades. The troops were able to overrun the enemy camp and seized two (2) AK47 Rifles, one (1) M16 Rifle, Assorted war materials, and Subversive documents.
Following the incident wherein a member of the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed and one was captured in a firefight ensued between government forces of the 30th Infantry (Fight On) Battalion, Philippine Army and the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the hinterlands of Brgy. Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte in the afternoon of January 13, 2020, Lt. Col. Ryan Charles G. Callanta, commanding officer of 30IB, said they positively responded to the call for help by the IP communities who were getting fed-up of the CNTs extortion and whose desire is to live peacefully in their communities free from the harassment, fear and intimidation, deceit and abuses by these terrorist NPAs. “Our troops are always there and ready to provide security to our IP brothers and sisters in the area. But I am personally saddened that another life was wasted whose conviction was deceived by the lies, baseless and pointless struggle that for quite so long time these CNTs are sowing to lure innocent civilians particularly minors and youth. Our sincere condolences to the bereaved family,” he said.
“Let me also commend my troops for their sacrifices made in taking good care of the dead body and the wounded female NPA with full respect bestowed. Transported them by trekking the rugged terrain despite lack of sleep and rest endurihg a 10-hour hike just to ensure that the dead NPA will be given a respectful burial and the wounded to be treated well at the hospital,” Lt.Col. Callanta added. (2Lt. Benjamin Elisand de Dios, 30IB, PA | RPN DXKS)