Thursday, September 16, 2021

Intensified Military Offensives Lead to Arrest of 2 CTG Execs, Surrender of 4 More in EastMin

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – The relentless military offensives launched by various units of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) under LtGen. Greg T. Almerol continued to bring the Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) forces to a steady decline especially with the recent arrest of two high-ranking members and surrender of four more in Eastern Mindanao.

An intel operation launched by the combined forces of the 58th Infantry Battalion and an AFP intelligence units led to the arrest of two leaders of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (SRC-1, NCMRC) identified as Manuelito Satur alias Misong/Estong, Secretary and Merlyn Satur alias Maya, Deputy Secretary in Brgy Alagatan, Gingoog City on September 16, 2021.

Troops also seized from their possession several high-powered firearms such as an M4 Rifle, an M203 Grenade launcher, a Cal .45 Pistol with magazine loaded with ammunition, and four 40mm Grenades, among others.

Meanwhile, a series of Law Enforcement and Support Operation (LESO) launched by the joint forces of the 23rd Infantry Battalion and Philippine National Police also compelled another four CTG leaders of Guerilla Front 4A (GF4A), NCMRC identified as Khim Agad Mapoy alias Patrick, 27, the Front Secretary; Loreto Agad Mapoy alias Arvin, 34, Commanding Officer of Platoon Joker; Mary Chris Callanta alias Noem, 24, Political Guide of Squad Uno, Platoon Joker; and Rolando A Morata alias Pang, 52, Political Instructor, who yielded on September 15 after realizing that putting up a fight for a useless cause will only bring them harm and a hopeless future.

EastMinCom Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol said that the CTG leaders decided to surrender after experiencing hunger and fatigue in several encounters with the troops.

“The successive neutralization of high-ranking CTG leaders and members tilted the operational balance of the group that with just one false move, it could lead to their ultimate collapse in no time,” LtGen. Almerol said.

“As part of our mandated tasks as protector of the Filipino people, EastMinCom will never stop going after peace spoilers until the communist terrorism ends that is why we are urging the remaining CTG members to come forward and lay down your arms,” LtGen. Almerol stressed.

The EastMinCom Commander added that its door is wide open for those who want to embrace a new life and will see to it that they will get all the assistance they need through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

In a statement, LtGen. Almerol said that the only better option available for the CTG members is to yield peacefully than continue suffering from a cause that no longer has a place in society.

“The populace, Local Government Units, and law enforcement agencies are all working hard together to put an end to the decades-old communist terrorism in the country,” LtGen. Almerol added.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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