Tuesday, December 14, 2021

6 More Reds Yield, Relinquish 14 Firearms to EastMinCom Units

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Six more communist terrorists yielded and relinquished 14 firearms to the different military units of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) through the leadership of Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, on December 10, 12, and 13, respectively.

Out of the six surrenderers, two communist terrorists who belong to Platoon Andoy of the Sub-Regional Guerrilla Unit (SRGU) identified as Todong Balite Manlologpis alias Borjack, Commanding Officer, and Magno Colot Maas alias Richard, Squad Leader of Segunda, Platun Andoy, capitulated to the troops of 1003rd Brigade’s (Bde) 56th Infantry Battalion (IB) and 27th IB at Sitio Bagang, Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod on December 13, 2021.

Manlologpis and Maas also revealed the location of an arms cache in the same area, leading the troops to recover eight high-powered firearms consisting of four M16 rifles, a Bushmaster M16 rifle, a Colt M653 rifle, and two M14 rifles.

Another two communist terrorists belonging to SRGU, Sub-Regional Committee 5, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SRC5, SMRC) identified as Kimkim Balite alias Tambutso, Squad Leader of Platoon Basil, and Hazel Samson alias Kat, Logistic Officer, also surrendered to 1003rd Bde’s 89th IB and an Intel unit and gave up an M16 rifle in Barangay Bulalang, San Fernando, Bukidnon on December 12, 2021.

On the same date, another combined troops from the 1003rd Bde's 56th IB and 89th IB also recovered three firearms composed of a Bushmaster M16 rifle, a CZ 858 Tactical-4V rifle, and an M1 Carbine rifle from SRGU, SRC5, SMRC at Sitio Sinegawan, Barangay Sto. Domingo, San Fernando, Bukidnon through information disclosed by a former rebel.

The 1003rd Bde reported that due to the success of their operations in the last five months, it has brought down the strength of SRC5, SMRC, and Platoon Bagsik from 80 communist terrorists to only nine active members as of press time.

The Brigade was able to get these figures through the insight of former rebel Arian Jane Ramos alias Marikit, the former Secretary of Guerrilla Front 55.

“With this remaining number of their members, the SRGU, SRC5 of SMRC is as good as dismantled. It is impossible for them to continue to operate with only a few men, that is why I urge the remaining members of CTG's to surrender peacefully to the government instead of wasting their time and energy in hiding,” LtGen. Almerol said.

Meanwhile, another two rebels belonging to the Loader Platoon, SRC2, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) identified as Alambo Coguit Balamban alias Jeric of Abe, Squad 1 and Janjan Ahing Ganansya alias Jekjek of Baking, Squad 2 also surrendered and gave up their firearms composed of an M16 rifle and a Cal. 45 pistol to 1001st Bde’s 60th IB at Camp Morgia, Barangay Doña Andrea, Asuncion, Davao del Norte on December 10, 2021.

LtGen. Almerol praised the troops’ “unparalleled dedication to ending the local communist armed conflict by 2022” and as well as the former rebels’ continued support to the military’s operations by disclosing vital information with intel value.

“Our troops have demonstrated through these accomplishments their dauntless actions to confront the Communist Terrorist Group for the benefit of the many Filipinos residing in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas who deserve to live a peaceful life in the safety of their communities,” LtGen. Almerol said.

The EastMinCom Commander added that the surrenderers had made the right decision to yield peacefully instead of continuing to resist government forces which only brings pain, suffering, and death.

"To the remaining communist terrorists, may you emulate the example set by your former comrades who already chose the path of peace under the care of the government. Do not let this Christmas season pass without making the decision to surrender because surely, in 2022, the military will only become more relentless in its pursuit of peace and development as part of the goal to end the local communist armed conflict next year,” LtGen. Almerol stressed.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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