Thursday, December 9, 2021

CTG Surrender Spikes as EastMinCom Doubles Down Ops

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Eastern Mindanao Command’s (EastMinCom) relentless operations against the Communist Terrorist Group, as directed by Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, elicited a spike in surrender as 11 more communist terrorists capitulated while troops also seized high-powered firearms and explosives on separate incidents.

LtGen. Almerol said that the surrenderers belong to the CTG’s Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR) and Sub-Regional Committee 3 of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (SRC3, NCMRC) who capitulated on December 5 and 7, respectively.

Out of the 11 surrenderers, eight belong to FSMR identified as Orlando Potol Igalan alias Carding/Arman, Jerome Sogotan Palapan alias Rockey, Rosita Mansibad Bualan alias Tban, Rita Damaoso Panay alias Goliau Black, Jonathan Sarno Arcala alias Ariel, Ryan Sarno Arcala alias Tamsi, Boy Bilog Caway alias Boyka/ Baking, and Rolan Lipay alias Happy who yielded to the troops of 1002nd Brigade's 73rd Infantry Battalion (73rd IB) and Intel units at Sitio Kibayo, Barangay Sugai, Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental on December 7, 2021.

The eight surrenderers also endorsed their high-powered firearms composed of two M16 rifles and an M653 rifle to the troops.

Another communist terrorist identified as Janrex Oganap alias Nilo, a member of GF Musa, FSMR, also surrendered to the troops of 73rd IB and gave up his Cal. 45 pistol, two cellular phones, and a Baofeng radio on December 5, 2021.

On the same day, combined troops of the 73rd IB, 10th K9 Team, Intel units, and PNP who were pursuing CTG leader Meredio Sambilad alias Yoyong of the now-defunct GF Tala seized an M60 machine gun at Sitio Sabu, Barangay Tuyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province through the aid of former rebels.

Meanwhile, two communist terrorists belonging to SRC3, NCMRC identified as Armando Rabanes alias Antoy/Dagat/Omar Ibarra, Deputy Secretary/Finance Officer/Political Officer/Spokesperson, and Marvin Hinampas Campos alias Manoy, Squad Leader, Squad 1, Platoon Sagay also surrendered to the troops of 402nd Brigade and Intel units and gave up their firearms consist of an M16 rifle and AK47 on December 7, 2021.

On top of these, troops of the 1002nd Bde's 72nd IB and Intel units also recovered four CDX "capto" Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) weighing 12 kilograms each as a result of the revelation of a CTG courier of Guerrilla Front 57, SRC-3, SMRC during a joint intel operation launched at Sitio Upper Banban, Barangay Miaray, Dangcagan, Bukidnon on December 7, 2021.

The EastMinCom Commander decried the CTG’s continued use of IED's which is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law.
“This detestable act is a great manifestation of the CTG’s utter disregard of IHL. Clearly, they have no qualms about endangering innocent lives in the pursuit of their violent and selfish agenda,” LtGen. Almerol said.

LtGen. Almerol lauded the troops for ensuring the safety of the people by removing the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) left by the CTG in communities. He also commended the soldiers for their unceasing support for the Command’s campaign for peace and development to meet the goal of ending the local communist armed conflict by 2022.

"We will never stop until the remaining CTG members are neutralized. We are determined more than ever to capture them that is why I urge them to surrender peacefully instead of continuing to evade our forces,” LtGen. Almerol said.

“The level of determination that our troops in Eastern Mindanao have since the beginning never wavered. Our men are strong and resolute in ending the local communist armed conflict in the country and finally pave way for unhampered development” LtGen. Almerol added.

LtGen. Almerol added that troops are also cultivating a culture of cooperation with the Philippine National Police, the populace, and the Local Government Units (LGU) in support of the whole-of-nation approach as ordered by Executive Order 70, the national campaign in ending the local communist armed conflict.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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