Thursday, April 14, 2022

Joint AFP-PNP Law Enforcement Operation nabs 3 wanted CTG ranking leaders, member in separate operations

NSFA Panacan, Davao City - Three wanted Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) leaders and member were apprehended following a series of Law Enforcement Operations launched by the joint security forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) units on April 7, 10, and 11.

The first arrested personality was identified as Jemalyn Calinawan, a member of Guerilla Front (GF) 16, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), who has a criminal case for Multiple Frustrated Murder issued at the 10th Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 30 in Surigao City.

Her arrest was made possible through the joint effort of the 901st Brigade's 30th and 36th Infantry Battalions (IB), Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Office, PNP Placer, and intelligence units.

It was followed by the apprehension of a CTG leader identified as Aldeem A. Yañez through the collaboration of PNP Region 10, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Regional Field Unit 10 (CIDG-RFU), 4th Infantry Division's Task Force Oro, and 403rd Brigade on April 10 at the Urban Poor Village, Brgy Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City.

He was facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act during the implementation of a search warrant issued on April 6, 2022, by the RTC Misamis Oriental, 10th Judicial Court. Authorities also pointed out Yañez as an extortionist and an ideological, political, and organizational (IPO) worker of the CTG.

Recovered from his possession are a caliber .45 Pistol, two fragmentation hand grenades, two 40mm ammunition, fake voter identification, a vaccine card, and various subversive documents.

Another joint security force composed of PNP Region 13, PNP Trento, and 402nd Brigade intel units also apprehended Julieta Galario Gerondio, Secretary/Finance Officer of the Sub-Regional Committee 3 (SRC3), North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) at Sitio Maitum, Brgy. Langkilaan, Trento, Agusan del Sur on April 11, through a warrant of arrest issued at the RTC Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur for various murder cases.

The CTG leader was nabbed by government forces while traversing from Davao to Agusan when her vehicle was flagged down at a checkpoint in the boundary of Monkayo, Davao de Oro, and Trento, Agusan del Sur.

LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) lauded the joint AFP and PNP forces for the recent successful arrests of the CTG personalities, clearly show the strong commitment and synergy of all government security forces in rounding up all lawless individuals and terrorist groups that keep on hiding from the law.

“This is an ultimate example of the great outcomes due to the established synergy among the different security forces. Hand in hand, we can achieve victories greater than this,” LtGen Almerol said.

“Every arrest of a key CTG personality brings us one step closer to becoming an armed-conflict-free country,” he added, stressing that this is not only a victory for the Command and other government security forces but also for the people, especially the victims of the CTG's injustice.

The EastMinCom Commander also vowed to continue hunting down other notorious CTG members who are on the run while also encouraging others to yield.

"We will be relentless in hunting down the terrorist so we could finally attain lasting peace and development in Eastern Mindanao. While doing so, we are also open for those who would like to surrender and get another chance to live free and in peace with their families again,” LtGen. Almerol said.

"Submit yourselves now so that you may avail of government programs such as the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program," he added.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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