CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Mar. 16 (PIA) – The New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked the community of Brgy. Hinimbangan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte forcing 89 families to evacuate at the municipal gymnasium of Brgy. Crossing, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte on March 15, 2017.
Accordingly, the NPA guerrillas attacked the soldiers of the 29th Infantry Battalion (29IB), Philippine Army who are conducting development support and security operations in Barangay Hinambangan in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.
According to the residents, the NPA rebels forced the school faculty to cancel their classes while other NPA guerillas indiscriminately fired upon the houses in the community.
“Once again, the NPAs have violated the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), which is the only document that was duly signed by the GRP and NDF when they indiscriminately attacked the said community that caused the eventual and force evacuation of the people," said 29IB Battalion Commander LTC Glenn Joy Aynera.
"Our troops were there to help the LGU in identifying the needs of the community in order to alleviate their living condition. However, this terroristic attack of the NPAs sowed fear among the people in that community. Rest assured that together with the PNP we will defend the community and will bring back the peace and order in the area," Aynera added.
Meanwhile, the 29IB troopers coordinated with the local government unit of Kitcharao to address the basic needs of the displaced families in the area.
Likewise, they also distributed relief goods and food packs together with the Municipal Social Welfare Development.
"Despite the incident, we are still thankful that the people in that community still vowed to fully support the development programs of the government especially that it will benefit their families. With this, the 29th Infantry Battalion will continue its efforts in solving the insurgency situation that hinders the peace and development in the area," Aynera concluded. (2Lt. Ashley Mae del Rosario/PIA-Agusan del Norte)