Army credits successful ops vs. CNTs to people’s support, cooperation

ILOILO CITY, April 12 (PIA) – The timely and accurate information provided by the public to the government security forces is vital for prompt response by authorities against the terrorist groups.

Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division Commander, Major General Eric Vinoya, said that any information relayed by the locals and communities against the Communists Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorists (CNT) will be acted promptly

He said that the recent successful armed engagements of the Army in Iloilo towns can be attributed to the vigilance, support and cooperation of the peace-loving people in the area.

“In order for the Army to remain at the upper hand in the fight against the CPP-NPA Terrorists we need to be relentless in our operations against this group. Any information relayed to us by the locals and the communities will be acted promptly,” Vinoya said in a press release from the 3ID’s Public Affairs Office.

He added “We cannot cover every inch of Panay Island but we have forces strategically located in different areas that can ably react to any information that needs our attention.”

According to him, the collective approach of the security forces, government agencies and the people is the right solution to end the local communist armed conflict.

He added that while firefights may suggest disruption of the normal environment, these are necessary in our fight to finally end insurgency in Panay Island.

“You can no longer hide from the eyes of the Ilonggos. Wherever you go, there are always people who are ready to report your presence and whereabouts. This is an indication that Iloilo towns are no longer safe havens for the terrorists like you,” Vinoya warned the remaining NPAs.

It can be recalled that on early morning of April 7, 2021, the 12th Infantry (Lick'Em) Battalion figured in another brief encounter with the CPP-NPA Terrorists in Barangay Alabidhan, Bingawan, Iloilo that resulted in the seizure of a number of firearms, propaganda materials and other personal belongings of the terrorists.

Likewise, a short firefight between the Community Support Program (CSP) Team of the 12IB and the members of NPA’s Baloy Platoon, Central Front, Komiteng Rehiyon -Panay (KR-P) took place on April 5 in Barangay Aglubong, Janiuay, Iloilo. (PIA6/DPAO-3ID/Phil. Army)

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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