Tuesday, November 9, 2021

6 CTG Members Neutralized Anew in EastMinCom’s Intensified Military Ops

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – In a bid to end the local communist armed conflict by 2022, Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), under the leadership LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, directed its units to intensify their focused military operations which again led to the neutralization of six members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in the first week of November 2021.

Out of the six neutralized CTG members, two were killed and four surrendered to EastMinCom’s 401st Brigade (401st Bde), 701st Bde, 66th Infantry Battalion (66th IB), 48th IB, 39th IB, and 73rd IB on separate occasions.
The two fatalities were identified as alias Joseph and alias Kaykay, members of Regional Sentro de Grabidad, who were killed in an encounter with the troops of the 401st Bde and its support units at Purok 4, Barangay Villa Undayon, Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur on November 7, 2021.

A high-ranking CTG member identified as Jocy Villaruel Papasin alias Domai, the Front Secretary of Guerrilla Front 18, Sub-Regional Committee 2, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, also surrendered to the troops of the 66th IB under the 701st Bde during an armed clash at Sitio Yauri, Marayag, Lupon, Davao Oriental on November 7, 2021. Alias Domai decided to yield as she is currently five-months pregnant, prompting the troops to immediately give her first aid prior to bringing her to the nearest hospital for further medical evaluation.
EastMinCom troops were also able to diminish the CTG’s firepower through seizure and recovery of firearms from the same focused military operations such as four AK47 rifles with 15 magazines and around 800 rounds of ammunition, an M16 rifle with magazine, a Garand rifle, and a Cal. 38 revolver, among others.

LtGen. Almerol lauded the troops for the accomplishments, saying that these are crucial to the attainment of EastMinCom’s campaign for peace and development in Eastern Mindanao. He also commended the troops for painstakingly adhering to the standards of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law even as the CTG has no qualms about violating these international treaties for the sake of advancing their violent agenda.

“Your unwavering passion and determination to pursue the remaining communist terrorists make our vision of an insurgency-free country closer to its realization,” LtGen. Almerol said, stressing further that EastMinCom will remain relentless and aggressive in its military operations in order to put an end to the local communist armed conflict.

The EastMinCom Commander also reiterated his appeal to the remaining CTG leaders and members to stop fighting the government and instead choose the path of peace by laying down their arms and embracing the government’s offer through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program.
LtGen. Almerol also thanked the people from the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) for their increased cooperation with the troops and other government agencies in the facilitation of peace and development projects in their communities.

EastMinCom has already neutralized a total of 1,858 CTG members from January 1 to November 9, 2021 wherein 66 were killed, 117 were captured, 519 surrendered, and 1,127 others withdrew their support from the CTG. More than 500 firearms were also recovered by the troops through operations and surrender of CTG members while a total of 177 hideouts were discovered in the same period.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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