Monday, November 22, 2021

Crackdown on CTG Pushes 19 Reds to Surrender in Davao del Norte

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – The continued crackdown of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) under the leadership of LtGen. Greg T. Almerol on Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) prompted 19 communist terrorists to capitulate peacefully to the combined forces of 10th Infantry Division's (10th ID) 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 56th Infantry Battalion (56th IB), 89th IB, 27th IB, 3rd IB, and Intelligence units at Sitio Pongpong, Barangay Dagohoy, Davao del Norte on November 22, 2021.

The 19 surrenderers who were under the Sub-Regional Guerilla Unit, Sub-Regional Committee 5, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SRGU, SRC5, SMRC) were identified as Eloy Bontolan alias Eloy, Vice Political Officer; Lita Ehem alias Maya, Secretariat for Medical; Emil Bontolan alias Admiral, Team Leader of Platoon Basil; Merlyn Bontolan alias Aya, Member of Platoon Andoy; Angeline Balite alias Angeline, Member of Platoon Andoy; Anggil Banlas alias Dante, Political Instructor of Platoon Basil; Jeysin Tibalao alias JM, Team Leader of Platoon Basil; Manuel Mantikinon alias Kardo, Team Leader of Platoon Andoy; Piyot Ehem alias Piyot; Diboy Mantoaw alias Talolong; Aiza Bontolan alias Sky; Dante Tumagsa alias Dante; and Raya Tumagsa alias Raya including six Milisyang Bayan members namely Boni Bontolan alias Boni, Gambil Bontolan alias Gambil, Ambog Landahay alias Ambog, Jimmy Mantikinon alias Jemmy, Boboy Anlagpang alias Boboy, and Gibang Gamot alias Gibang.

The surrenderers also gave up seven high-powered firearms to the troops which were composed of six M16 Rifles, and an M14 Rifle.

No less than the Provincial Governor of Davao del Norte, Hon. Edwin Jubahib and Talaingod Municipal Mayor, Hon. Junnie Libayao witnessed the surrender of the communist terrorists which was facilitated by the troops under 1003rd Bde.

The 19 communist terrorists confessed to government forces that losing their leaders, as a result of military neutralization and the continuous focused military operations conducted by EastMinCom troops, posed several challenges in their operations such as hunger and fatigue, hence prompting them to surrender instead.

Meanwhile, Billy Berana Jr. alias Borjack/Simeon, Secretary of Guerrilla Front Alip, Regional Operations Command, Regional Sentro de Grabidad, Far South Mindanao Region, also surrendered to the troops of the 1002nd Brigade due to the weak CTG leadership, absence of financial support, and collapse of their mass base, among others on November 9, 2021.

The EastMinCom leadership assessed that the massive surrender of communist terrorists is a sign that the military is winning the peace in Eastern Mindanao, adding that this will positively impact the security atmosphere of Davao City and Davao del Norte considering that SRGU, SMRC covers these areas.

EastMinCom Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol praised the troops for their massive accomplishments, saying that they are a true source of pride for the whole military organization for exemplifying an extraordinary job in maintaining peace in Eastern Mindanao. He also thanked the Davao del Norte government officials for their proactive support for EastMinCom’s campaign for peace.

“These non-stop accomplishments speak volumes of your relentless efforts to subdue the communist terrorists. I am optimistic that we are communicating to the masses that indeed we are doing our excellent job in protecting the people from all forms of threats,” the EastMinCom Commander said.

LtGen. Almerol also pointed out that the series of surrenders is a manifestation of the growing distrust of CTG members on their organization and remaining leaders. He reiterated that this is also a strong indication of the crumbling CTG system that has already lost several leaders and members who served as pillars of its operations.

The EastMinCom Commander also called on the remaining CTG members and leaders in Eastern Mindanao to surrender and avail of the assistance being offered by the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) to help them build a new and normal life with their loved ones, especially that Christmas is already nearing.

“Before it’s too late, heed the call of the government and abandon the armed struggle. Now is the best time to surrender peacefully so that you can be reunited with your families and friends in time for the Christmas season. Rest assured that EastMinCom will be your partner as you embrace a new life under the government’s care,” LtGen. Almerol said.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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