Thursday, December 3, 2020

10ID presents Former Rebels, Guns to Mayor Sara

- The 10th Infantry “Agila” Division through its 1003rd Brigade presented to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio high-powered firearms and former rebels in a short program in front of the Davao City Hall on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

10ID Commander Major General Reuben Basiao together with 1003rd Brigade and former Task Force Davao Commander BGen Nolasco Mempin presented nine (9) former rebels either surrendered and captured from September to November this year including the two recently captured members of the New People’s Army and former Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. MISFI scholars Gelejurain Alice Ngojo alias Mayo and Nashrea Bansil alias Ash.

Mayo and Ash also served as part-time teachers for the Lumads inside UCCP Haran in Bankerohan, Davao City before becoming the supply officer and medic under guerilla front 55 (GF55) until their capture last November 17, 2020, after an encounter with the troops of 27th Infantry Battalion in Paquibato, District, Davao City.

10ID also presented several former rebels under GF55 surrendered and capture through the combined efforts of the 1003rd Brigade, the local government of Davao City, and Indigenous People’s (IP) leaders namely; Bonifacio Gudin alias Boning, Masusung Babanag alias Joshua, former Giyang pan Politika, Sara and Jose Sausa, team leaders under GF55, Roel Manday-onan alias Jonas, former squad leader of GF55, Nelso Heferves alias Darokoy, former vice commanding officer of GF55, and Daniel Santos Castillo alias Steven, former political instructor of GF55, also a former UP-Diliman student affiliated with Anak Bayan and Kabataang Makabayan.

From the recorded twelve (12) encounters with the terrorist group, the 1003rd brigade recorded the neutralization of 19 rebels including the nine presented on Tuesday resulting in the seizure of thirty (30) high powered and four (4) low powered firearms, and four (4) improvised explosive devices.

Meanwhile, IPS Ancestral Domain Management Office Domain Defense and Security Committee Chair Bahani Edwin Libayao Omo, Sr. together with several IP leaders joined the event a sign of support towards the governments’ development efforts towards the IP communities in Davao City while playing a key role in the peace and order inside their ancestral domains.

In an interview with the media after the event, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio pleads to the former rebels to help the government in convincing their former comrades to return and work with the government.

“We ask for their help in convincing their former comrades that the real war is inside the government and not in the mountains. They can see change if they work with or for the government,” Mayor Sara said.

With the continuous efforts of the 10ID through its community support program and community development teams, focused military operations, stakeholders engagement and other line of operations- the dwindling forces of NPA particularly the GF55 in the hinterlands of Davao City continues to hit an all-time low with the shift of support of the NPA regulars and various underground mass organizations towards the government.

Source: Division Public Affairs Office, Joint Task Force Agila, PA

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