Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Team EastMinCom Gets P9-M Reward for Neutralizing NPA Leaders

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Eastern Mindanao Command’s (EastMinCom) top performing units received monetary reward for a total of P9-Million during a ceremony held at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario Covered Court in Camp Panacan, Davao City on June 15, 2021, for neutralizing several high ranking leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA).
No less than Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana and EastMinCom Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol personally handed over the cash reward to EastMinCom’s top-performing units for the successful neutralization of NPA leaders in various operations from 2020 up to press time.

Of the P11-Million reward, P9-Million was given to units under EastMinCom and P2-Million was given to a unit under Western Mindanao Command.

Among the neutralized high-value individuals were Marcelino Navarro of NPA North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee 2nd Deputy Secretary & Head of Education and Propaganda; Manuel Magante Gilo, the Finance Officer of Regional Operations Command, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (ROC-SMRC); Romeo Lendio Libron, ROC-SMRC Commanding Officer; Rogelio Masaya Udal, Regional Ordinance member & former Pulang Bagani Command (PBC-1) Vice Commanding Officer; Zaldy Gulmatico Pulido, Secretary of Guerrilla Front 53; and Danny Huit, Secretary of Guerrilla Front North, SRC-1, SMRC.

In his address to the troops, Gen. Sobejana said that the rewards were provided by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who directed him to personally hand over the monetary reward and convey his message to the troops.

“Our President really monitors what we are doing. In fact, I heard from him the units that made a difference and contributed more towards the attainment of sustainable peace and development shall be recognized. And that is a manifestation that our Commander-in-Chief does not want our accomplishments to go unnoticed,” Gen. Sobejana said.

The AFP Chief of Staff, however, stressed that even in the absence of monetary rewards the troops stand ready to serve the country and protect the Filipinos.

“We do not want to impress upon the public that our soldiers expected a reward to every move but we want to demonstrate that even without it, your soldiers are motivated and ready to serve. We are always on the go and we ensure that we are able to uphold our mandates as the defender of the territory and protector of the Filipino people,” Gen. Sobejana added.

Meanwhile, LtGen. Almerol lauded the troops for their hard work that led to the successful neutralization of several NPA leaders within EastMinCom’s area of responsibility.
“Thank you for bringing honor not only to your units but to EastMinCom as well. Team EastMinCom is truly proud of your contributions to peace and security,” LtGen. Almerol expressed.

Gen. Cirilito Sobejana had previously commended EastMinCom for sustaining its standing as the best Unified Command in terms of accomplishments in both combat and non-combat operations during his previous visit to EastMincom last May 24, 2021.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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