Monday, December 14, 2020

PRESS STATEMENT: Eastmincom Statement on the Death of Wanted NDF Mindanao, KOMMID Spokesperson

The interest of public safety, security, and the general well-being of the people is of paramount importance in the face of challenging decisions. The Eastern Mindanao Command irrevocably upholds the same in all the aspects of our mission.

The neutralization of National Democratic Front (NDF) Mindanao and Komisyun Mindanao (KOMMID) Spokesperson Alvin Loque, alias Joaquin Jacinto, during the serving of several warrants of arrest against him by the police and the troops in Barangay San Agustin Sur, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on December 10, 2020 is a clear manifestation of Eastmincom’s unwavering passion to safeguard the public from all forms of threats.

Loque’s death has apparently immobilized the capabilities of the CTG in perpetrating notorious operations, particularly KOMMID, which has been responsible for destroying the life, liberty, and property of many innocent individuals and had stunted the growth of this nation for many years through the CTG’s twisted ideology.

Loque’s unlawful behavior and unwillingness to cooperate with the authorities in dealing with the situation peacefully had never been more apparent when he, together with an unidentified companion who also lost his life during the incident, resisted arrest by firing their guns and trading shots with the arresting authorities.

Loque, a pillar of KOMMID who provided leadership and direction to vertical units on the ground, has a P6-Million bounty on his head and six standing arrest warrants issued by the courts of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur.

The neutralization of Alvin Loque was a big blow to the NDF KOMMID hierarchy. Such a feat brings a milestone of success, not only to the military and other law enforcement agencies but also to the people in general, in the quest for lasting peace in Mindanao. This is also a resonating win to tribal communities whose innocent and helpless members and leaders have been executed and traumatized by CTGs under KOMMID.

The fate of Alvin Loque is hoped to be an eye-opener to other CNT personalities and cadres who remained at large and refused to peacefully surrender to authorities.

The Command abhors killing as a means to an end, but the duty to protect the lives of our fellowmen is of transcendental importance. We are always open and true to our commitment to helping those who are willing to go back to the folds of the law.

We also reiterate our call to the public and leaders of different institutions of our society to support and help us suppress the armed struggle by being proactive and more discerning about the activities being undertaken by the CTG, particularly extortion, recruitment, and other acts of terrorism so that we can finally put a period to the destruction they bring.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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