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NPA rebel captured in hot pursuit

ANOTHER New People’s Army (NPA) fighter was captured by soldiers of the 58th Infantry Battalion following a pursuit operation in Barangay Lawaan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental on July 30.

2Lt Maryknoll Rhea Cuis, Civil-Military Operations officer of the  58th IB, identified him as Rubin Palyares Bago alias Troy, a resident of Municipality of Carmen, Agusan del Norte, and member of the Regional Operations Command of the Northern Central Mindanao Committee (NCMRC).

According to the report, the 58IB troops clashed with the group of Dionesio Micabalo alias Muling, resulting in the death and capture of high-powered firearms, personal belongings and other war materiel. 

Afterwards, the 58IB launched a pursuit operation on the fleeing enemy that resulted in the capture of Bago.

On July 30, a concerned citizen informed the military regarding the presence of a suspicious individual in Sitio Minlanag, Barangay Lawaan.

Seized from him was his backpack containing anti-personnel mines. 

He was turned over to the Philippine National Police of Gingoog City on the evening of the same day. 

Lt. Col. Christian C. Uy, commanding officer of the 58IB, along with the dedicated personnel of the 58th IB reaffirms their call to the remaining members of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) to surrender. 

“With unwavering determination, the battalion remains steadfast in tracking down the remaining individuals associated with the NPA, we reiterate our call to the remaining members of the CTGs to voluntarily surrender before it is too late or else end up with the same fate as Dionesio Micabalo alias Muling who was killed in the recent encounter with our troops,” he emphasized. 

“As we celebrate this significant achievement, we urge citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities. Together, we can continue to build a safer and more prosperous nation for all,” he added.


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