LAS NAVAS, Northern Samar- A member of the communist New People’s Army terrorist (CNTs) was left dead by his comrades after a 10-minute firefight with the members of the 43rd Infantry (WE SEARCH) Battalion in Barangay McArthur, this town on June 23, 2018.
Government forces responded to an anonymous tip from the residents in the area and immediately deployed 43IB elements to verify the veracity of the report.
Few kilometers from the barangay proper, said troops were fired upon by undetermined number of CNTs forcing them to retaliate which ensued a firefight that killed the still unidentified communist terrorist member and the recovery of his rifle.
Col. Ramil Bitong, commander of 803rd Brigade, said that this incident could have been avoided if CNT heed to the call of the government to stop their extortion activity and avail the Enhance Comprehensive Integration Program (E-CLIP).
“This should serve as stern warning to other member of the lawless CTG that the arm of the law can reach you, no matter how long and far you can hide for evil never triumph as long as good men stands for what is right,” Col. Bitong added. (PR)