Thursday, July 11, 2019

CTGs forced to withdraw in the Political Boundaries

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, directed his subordinate Commanders to relentlessly run after the remnants of Communist Terrorists Groups (CTG) who were forced to hide along the boundaries of regions and provinces in Eastern Mindanao.

His directive came after the security assessment made during the Joint AFP-PNP Command Conference held at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City on July 10, 2019.

"We will adopt a seamless boundary in the conduct of operations so that we can run after those terrorists withdrawing on the boundaries and prevent them from seeking refuge therein to buy time, reorganize, and stage atrocities," Lt. Gen. Santos said.

During the assessment, the CTGs’ actions were attributed to the relentless focus military and police operations, the continuous cascade of mass supporters, and the social pressure coming from the communities who long for a peaceful environment.

Meanwhile, the AFP and PNP Commanders at all levels likewise expressed their appreciation on the local peace initiatives of different Local Government Units (LGU) and the conflict sensitive, socio-economic initiatives of the different government agencies and non-government organizations as it facilitated the attainment of peace in the different conflict-affected areas in Eastern Mindanao.

During the first semester of 2019, the Command has recorded 305 firearms that were surrendered while 224 firearms were captured during encounters and combat operations.

On the other hand, 339 NPA regular members and 424 Milisyang Bayan surrendered, while 1,985 members of the Underground Mass Organizations (UGMO) dissociated from CTGs.

Additionally, 36 NPA regulars were killed during encounters and 55 NPA regulars were arrested during the military and law enforcement operations.

As a result, there is a notable decrease in NPA guerrilla units in Eastern Mindanao as some were unfilled and dissolved.

"With these gains, let us support other agencies through the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict's (TF-ELCAC) mechanism as they will solidify the peace gains that our troops have worked for, by addressing the issues that are being used by the CTGs in agitating the communities for them to join the armed group," Lt. Gen Santos expressed.

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