Tuesday, November 30, 2021

EastMinCom Retrieves More High-Powered Firearms thru Tip-offs

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) units, through the guidance of LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, retrieved more high-powered firearms from the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) through tip-offs from former communist terrorists on separate incidents on November 27 and 29.

EastMinCom’s 1003rd Brigade (1003rd Bde) along with 89th Infantry Battalion (89th IB), 72nd IB, and Intelligence units recovered an M16 rifle in stashed at Sitio Rancho, Barangay Kulaman Valley, Arakan, North Cotabato during a joint intelligence operation launched on November 29, 2021.

A former CTG member identified as Mubo Mansumoy-at alias Ram of the Sub-Regional Guerilla Unit, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee disclosed the location of the weapon, prompting the 1003rd Bde troops to respond to the information.

Meanwhile, EastMinCom’s 4th Infantry Division together with the 65th Infantry Battalion also recovered two more M16 rifles from the CTG in the hinterland of Sitio Kaunlaran, Barangay Tagbongabong, Agusan del Norte on November 27 following a tip-off from a former rebel.

Troops acted upon the information shared by Jonel Pasco alias Joel/Gong-gong, a former member of the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda 21C, Guerrilla Front 21, Sub-Regional Committee Westland, NEMRC, which led to the recovery of the high-powered firearms.

Pasco shared that he decided to surrender to the troops on November 26 after realizing that it was pointless to continue fighting against the government especially after their guerrilla unit suffered major blows in several encounters with government forces.

Pasco added that seeing his former comrades enjoying a peaceful life under the care of the government was also another reason that pushed him to surrender.

In a statement, LtGen. Almerol said that the recent recoveries of CTG firearms all over Eastern Mindanao were part of the series of operations launched by EastMinCom units in response to the various crucial information shared by CTG members and leaders who already capitulated. These accomplishments are also coupled with the skyrocketing number of CTG members and leaders who surrendered recently after suffering major defeats in several encounters with government forces.

“These former CTG leaders and members expressed willingness to cooperate with our troops in locating more CTG arms caches and pursuing the remaining communist terrorists as a show of gratitude for the support they have received from the government as they embark on a new life under the law,” LtGen. Almerol said.

The EastMinCom Commander also added that the former CTG leaders and members pledged to support the government’s campaign to end the local communist armed conflict by 2022.

LtGen. Almerol said that a series of arms cache discoveries, surrender of CTG members, and recovery of CTG firearms in Eastern Mindanao are expected in the coming days as former CTG members and government troops work closely to put an end to communist armed conflict.

One of EastMinCom’s breakthroughs this year was the seizure of 30 high-powered firearms following the discovery of an arms cache during intel operations launched at Sitio Bagyang, Barangay Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani from November 11 to 16, 2021. It was the largest arms cache discovered by the troops in the whole history of EastMinCom.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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