Sunday, December 5, 2021

EastMinCom Neutralizes 4 Communist Terrorists, Seizes More Firearms

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) units under LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, neutralized three more communist terrorists including a minor who yielded to the troops while more firearms were also seized on separate occasions in Eastern Mindanao.

The two communist terrorists belonging to the Communist Terrorist Group’s Platoon Andoy, Sub-Regional Guerrilla Unit, Sub-Regional Committee 5 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SRGU, SRC5, SMRC) identified as Mokong Mansumoy-at alias Pon, Squad Leader of Primera and Kumo Mansumoy-at alias Ulod, member of Squad Segunda was captured by the troops of 1003rd Brigade’s 27th Infantry Battalion (27th IB), 56th IB, and Intel units during an intel operation conducted at Sitio Sambulungan, Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao del Norte on December 2, 2021.

On a separate incident, a minor medic identified as alias Je-ann of the CTG’s Squad 2, Platoon 2, Guerrilla Front 30, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) also surrendered to 401st Brigade’s 75th IB in Barangay Magroyong, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur on December 4, 2021.

Alias Je-ann, 16, also turned over her AK47 rifle with four magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition to the troops.

Meanwhile, another female minor identified as alias Joy, member of Squad 3, Sub-Regional Sentro De Grabidad Southland, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee also surrendered to the troops of 401st Brigade’s 75th IB on a separate incident in Barangay Magroyong, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur on December 3, 2021.

Alias Joy, 17, also endorsed her firearms to the troops composed of an AK47 rifle with two magazines, and 11 rounds of ammunition. She disclosed that she went in hiding after she sustained a wound during an encounter with the troops of the 3rd Special Forces Battalion at Sitio Paradise, Barangay Magsaysay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on December 18, 2020.

Both the minor CTG members disclosed that they decided to capitulate after realizing that their future is only bleak at the hands of their communist terrorist leaders and that they want to start a new life enjoying their youth free from hunger and fear.

LtGen. Almerol said that families of the two minors intend to file charges before the court and the Commission on Human Rights against CTG leaders for violation of Republic Act 9851 otherwise known as the “Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity” and the International Humanitarian Law.

The EastMinCom Commander added that troops will assist the families in fast-tracking the filing of charges so that justice will be served against those who are responsible.

In another feat, more firearms and other war materials composed of an M16 rifle with 11 magazines and ammunition, another M16 rifle with an attached M203 grenade launcher, and 8 rounds of M203 ammunition, a Garand rifle with two clips and ammunition, two rounds of rifle grenades, a Baofeng radio with charger, and a solar panel, among others, were also seized by the troops of the 1002nd Bde's 73rd IB, 10th K9 Team and Intel units, while conducting a pursuit operation against remnants of the now-defunct Guerrilla Tala headed by Meredio Sambilad alias Yoyong/Boyaks at Sitio Kalnge, Brgy Tuyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province on December 3, 2021.

Troops located the high-powered firearms through the aid of former rebels (FR) alias Uyo, who surrendered to 73rd IB on November 29, 2021, after evading government forces along with Sambilad during the conduct of pursuit operation, said FR also revealed an M14 rifle on December 2, 2021.

LtGen. Almerol said that troops continue to conduct intensified combat operations all over Eastern Mindanao to capture the evading communist terrorists as part of its goal of ending the local communist armed conflict by 2022.

“We are determined to finish the job that we started without compromising the International Humanitarian Law. Our sustained operations are evident in our series of accomplishments as more than anything else, it is our intent to walk the talk,” LtGen. Almerol said.

The EastMinCom Commander also did not fail to remind the remaining communist terrorists that it is never too late to surrender to the government peacefully. He reiterated that the Christmas season is the best time to surrender so that the communist terrorists can finally be reunited with their loved ones.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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