Thursday, April 14, 2022

Ex-Rebel points largest arms cache in Eastern Mindanao this year

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City
- A full cooperation of former Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) member who recently surrendered to the troops of Eastern Mindanao Command, under the supervision of LtGen. Greg T. Almerol led to the discovery of the largest arms cache in Agusan del Sur this year at the Bagul River, Brgy, Kasapa 2, La Paz on April 11.

The said personality identified as alias Bolo was a member of the Guerilla Front 3 (GF3), Sub-Regional Committee 4 (SRC4), Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SRMC), which was recently dismantled following the total surrender of its leadership to the 1001st Brigade's 60th Infantry Battalion (IB).

The recovered high-powered firearms were composed of 10 AK47 Rifles, seven M16 rifles, a Ultimax Light Machine Gun (LMG), an M14 rifle, an M79 Grenade Launcher, a Garand rifle, an M16 rifle with incomplete parts, including one drum magazine for Ultimax LMG, and five magazines of thr AK47 rifle.

It can be recalled on April 7-8, two CTG arms caches were also discovered by EastMinCom troops in Davao de Oro, which led to the recovery of nine high-powered firearms through the aid of former rebels and the synergy of the government’s security forces.

LtGen. Almerol said that the series of arms cache discoveries is a clear manifestation of CTG's ultimate loss of members due to fear of continuous military operations conducted by government troops.

"They are now hiding their firearms since they no longer have members who would bear them. Their recruitment was also ceased when their former mass bases rejected the terrorist group and pledged their support to the government," he said.

"With this recent accomplishment, we could say that the GF3 will have no chance of recuperating. They are inutile without firearms to wield against their former mass bases," LtGen. Almerol added.

Meanwhile, the EastMinCom Commander lauded the troops of 10th Infantry Division’s 1001st Brigade, 60IB, and the support of local leaders and former rebels who have shared a bulk of information that is crucial to the success of their series of accomplishments, including the total dissolution of the GF3.

"We have once again proven that the collaboration of all agencies of government is the best way to end the local communist armed conflict. Let us continue this fight to achieve utmost peace and development in this part of our country," he expressed.###

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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