Thursday, September 23, 2021

Crackdown on Communist Terrorists Leads to Death of 3 Reds, Surrender of 9 More Including 2 Minors

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Through the directive of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, various army units in Eastern Mindanao ramped up their focused military operations in the past few days which resulted to the death of three communist terrorists and surrender of nine communist terrorists including two minors from September 17 until September 21.

Three communist terrorists belonging to Guerrilla Front 19 (GF19) and Guerrilla Front 30 (GF30) of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), whose identities have yet to be determined, were killed in separate focused military operations launched by the 4th Infantry Division’s (4th ID) 36th IB at Sitio Agsam, Barangay Cabas-an, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur and 75th IB in Km 22, Barangay Caras-an, Tago, Surigao del Sur on September 17 and 21, respectively.

Troops also seized their weapons and other war materials including two M16 rifles, a Cal. 22 rifle, an anti-personnel mine, an AR18 rifle, a carbine, and bandolier with two long magazines and a short magazine for M16 rifle, among others.

Meanwhile, a focused military operation conducted by troops of 23rd IB diminished the Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) firearms and resources as it seized an AK47 Rifle and five AK47 magazines with live ammunitions including eight sacks of assorted supplies in an armed encounter transpired at Sitio Bugta, Barangay Guinabsan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on September 22, 2021.

Due to exhaustion and hunger, nine more communist terrorists including two minors aged 15 and 16 voluntarily surrendered to the troops of 10th Infantry Division’s 72nd IB on September 19 and 60th IB on September 20, 2021.

In a statement, LtGen. Almerol lambasted the CTG’s blatant disregard for the International Humanitarian Law as it continuously recruits and arms minors to fight in the battlefield, adding that EastMinCom will coordinate with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Kapalong to ensure that the child combatants will be taken care of.

LtGen. Almerol also bared that the focused military operations conducted all over Eastern Mindanao are part of EastMinCom’s move to relentlessly pursue the peace spoilers in order to put an end to the communist armed conflict by 2022.

The EastMinCom Commander also welcomed the decision of communist terrorists to surrender peacefully and work with the military in dismantling the remaining guerrilla units in pursuit of genuine peace.

On top of the military’s efforts, LtGen. Almerol also stressed that EastMinCom units are also working side by side with the Philippine National Police, hence making the crackdown on communist terrorism even more potent.

“From this vantage point, it is apparent that the CTG has a nil chance of winning this war now that all sectors ranging from the national government, the private sector, down to the grassroots communities are already on board in curtailing communist terrorism. Therefore, I enjoin the remaining reds to save themselves by surrendering instead of continuing to put up a fight for a cause that already has no place in the society,” LtGen. Almerol reiterated.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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