After responding to a report from a concerned citizen, troops of the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) under 102nd Infantry (Igsoon) Brigade clashed with Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNT) early morning today, December 25, 2022, at Purok 2, Barangay Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur.
The short firefight resulted to the neutralization of a CNT identified as Martino Ayas alias Nasser. Also recovered is an M16A1 rifle with short magazine loaded with 15 live ammunition; one (1) sling bag with malong; tobacco; and one (1) Nokia keypad phone.
Nasser was a remnant of CPP-NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC). He was reportedly trying to recruit members into the NPA in Barangay Saad along with Communist NPA Terrorist Jessel Cabal alias Sabel and Nelboy Baron alias Jundy. Their attempt failed because most of the residents of Brgy Saad were already reporting the presence of communist terrorists.
In his statement, 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Terence Ylanan said that, “The communist terrorists maybe trying to reinfect Zambo Sur, but the people are no longer easily deceived. Your soldiers were and will always be on guard to keep the province insurgency-free” Lt. Col. Ylanan added.
As of this posting, troops are still conducting pursuit operation against fleeing members of the terrorist group.