CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Upi, Gamu, Isabela –The Commander, 5th Infantry Division, Major General Paul Talay Atal, D.P.A. AFP expressed his support to the statement issued by Governor Manuel N. Mamba of Cagayan Province, condemning the act of terrorism by the Communist Terrorist-New Peoples Army (CT-NPA).

           The statement was in relation to the murder of Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Angelo Luis of the Municipality of Baggao at his residence in Brgy Awallan, Baggao by the CT-NPA around 7 o’clock in the morning, December 2, 2017.

           Maj Gen Atal backed the statement of the Governor by saying, “The whole Star Troopers join the Provincial Government of Cagayan in condemning in all forms, the killing of SB Luis. The Cagayanos indeed should have a united stand, and together decry the terroristic acts of the CT-NPA that had been sowing fear among the peace loving people of Cagayan.”

           “I also urged the people of Cagayan and their leaders to stand their ground and not to succumb to the terrorists’ tactics of intimidation and coercion. Likewise, this served as an open call to everyone, to make a stand and support the effort of the government to fight terrorism, especially in Cagayan Province and the whole of Region 2.” Maj Gen Atal added.

           Soldiers were already dispatched to conduct support operation with the local police in the area to apprehend the perpetrators.