Tuesday, April 19, 2022

EastMinCom troops strike CTG head extortionist, seize firearms in Caraga Region

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) troops under LtGen. Greg T. Almerol has put the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) at a disadvantage in the recent skirmish that killed a top-ranking CTG head extortionist and his comrade in the hinterland of Brgy. Jaliobong, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte on April 17.

The clash came as troops of the 901st Brigade's 29th Infantry Battalion (IB) responded to several reports from concerned locals regarding the presence of CTG in the area who were conducting extortion and demanding food supplies.

The two CTG personalities were identified as Samuel Navidas Batican, Commanding Officer of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) 16A, Guerilla Front (GF) 16, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), and a certain alias "Yawming."

Troops also seized two high-powered firearms and materials composed of a Colt AR15 rifle, an M14 rifle, two cellular phones, foodstuffs, and other supplies at the encounter site.

LtGen. Almerol said that Batican has pending cases for violation of the Republic Act (RA) No. 10364 or the "Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012" and RA No. 9851 for the use of banned anti-personnel mines (APMs).

On the other hand, a CTG leader identified as Fortunato Suazo Undayon, yielded to the troops of the 901st Brigade's 36IB and 3rd Special Forces Battalion in Brgy. Puyat, Carmen, Surigao del Sur after four years of being in the terrorist movement on April 17.

He also brought along an AK47 rifle, an M1 Carbine rifle, magazines, various ammunition, a detonator, and a digital multimeter tester.

Meanwhile, LtGen. Almerol lauded the residents of Brgy. Jaliobong for their cooperation that led to the death of the terrorist members. He also associated the CTG's series of setbacks with the strong support of local communities to government troops, which hindered them to commit atrocities as civilians report their presence.

"If not for the information relayed by the residents, Batican might still be at large today continually committing extortion and other crimes against innocent civilians. We commend them for their cooperation with our troops," he said.

"The people of Eastern Mindanao are now tired of the five decades of unrest in their hometowns. They are now demanding peace and development, which can only be attained by extinguishing the armed conflict brought about by the CTG," LtGen. Almerol added.

The EastMinCom Commander also expressed that the death of Batican and his comrades will give justice to the victims of their atrocities and warned others that "they might suffer the same fate should they continue their crimes and resist to surrender."

"We will be relentless in our fight against you. There is no safe place for you to hide now that the people are on our side. Surrender now and enjoy the benefits of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) or join your other comrades who fought and died for a useless ideology," he said.###

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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