Camp Col. Rafael C. Rodriguez, Butuan City – Police Regional Office (PRO)13 had already filed multiple charges against the New People’s Army terrorists on Monday, June 7 at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Butuan City.
Members of Guerilla Front16, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) were charged with murder, multiple frustrated murder, multiple attempted murder, and violation of RA No. 9851 “Crimes against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes against Humanity”.
Among those indicted under NPS Docket No. Xlll-02- INV-21F-00277 were Engelbert Bunga-os a.k.a Kadong, Eliamar Monter a.k.a. Gab, Marvin Bugas a.k.a Eman, Samuel Navidas Batican a.k.a Aldren/Popo/Ren-Ren, Arsenia Cea a.k.a Sinyang, a.k.a Mariane and two other John Does.
The group was encountered by the 29th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army while conducting combat patrol at the vicinity of Sitio Ilong-ilong, Brgy Poblacion 1, Santiago, Agusan del Norte on May 31, 2021 around 11:45am.
Accordingly, four units of Improvised Explosive Device were triggered by the enemies of the state who withdrew after a 30-minute firefight. One soldier paid the ultimate sacrifice while five others were wounded.
“PNP Caraga vows justice to the victims and their families. We will strengthen our legal offensive to add teeth to the government’s campaign against the NPA terrorists who shall also suffer defeat both in the battlefield and in the legal arena,” PNP Caraga Director PBGEN ROMEO M CARAMAT, JR said.
He also added that anti-insurgency efforts particularly on legal aspect shall reinforce the dwindling support of the civilians in the countryside, and the intensified combat operations against the NPA on the ground.
(PMaj. Dorothy M. Tumulak)
(Source: PRO13 Caraga PULIS PIO Facebook page)