Sunday, June 12, 2022

Oldest CTG Guerilla Unit collapses as EastMinCom troops corner its top leaders

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) under the supervision of LtGen. Greg T. Almerol has declared the total collapse of the Communist Terrorist Group's (CTG) oldest guerilla unit in Mindanao as its top leaders surrendered to the troops of the 10th Infantry Division's (ID) 1001st Brigade and intelligence units at the hinterlands of Maragusan, Davao de Oro on June 10.

LtGen. Almerol identified the personalities as alias Dan-dan, Secretary of Guerilla Front 2, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (GF2, SMRC), and alias Jeg/JR, her party husband and Commanding Officer. Accompanying them were alias Kevin/Jelong, Squad Leader, and alias Den-den, Squad Supply Officer of Sub-Regional Guerrilla Unit (SRGU), SMRC.

He also said that the high-ranking CTG leaders decided to yield after being cornered in the series of pursuit operations launched by EastMinCom troops and abandoned by Eric Jun Casilao, alias Elian/Wally, the Secretary of SMRC.

"The recent development confirms that the GF2, the oldest unit of the CTG in Mindanao, is now dismantled. It leaves us confronting one remaining CTG unit under the SMRC. Rest assured that we will hunt its leaders to end their atrocities, once and for all," LtGen. Almerol emphasized.

In another incident, 11 CTG personalities who were remnants of the Sub-Regional Committee 5, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (SRC5, NCMRC), also yielded to the troops of 403rd Brigade's 1st Special Forces Battalion (1SFBn) under the 4ID at Brgy Mampayag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon on June 6.

The yielders brought along six high-powered firearms and one low-powered firearm.

On the other hand, Three firearms composed of two AK-47 rifles and a Caliber .357 pistol were likewise captured by the troops of 701st Brigade's 67IB, together with the Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office, 2nd Davao Oriental Police Mobile Force Company, and other intelligence units after Joey Serman Billiones, a former member of Baking Squad, Regional Operations Command (ROC) of SMRC, revealed the location of an arms cache at Sitio Bayong, Barangay Taytayan, Cateel, Davao Oriental on June 7.

Another arms cache, composed of two M16 rifles with magazines and ammunition, was discovered by the troops of the 901st Brigade's 65IB as two Militia ng Bayan (MB) members under SRC Westland, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) revealed its location at Brgy. Tagbongabong, Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte on June 8 following their surrender.

The surrenderors also disclosed that they decided to abandon the armed struggle after witnessing their comrades who surrendered before them were unharmed and treated with high respect by the troops.

Meanwhile, LtGen. Almerol lauded the efforts and dedication of the troops to realize President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's marching order to defeat the CTG to attain peace and development in the country.

"Our focused military operations coupled with the government's development efforts have put the CTG on the brink of collapse for just six years after they have reigned terror for more than 50 years in this part of the country. Their extinction in Eastern Mindanao is in sight as communities and their former members are already on our side," he said.

The EastMinCom Commander also reiterated his call to remnants of the CTG to peacefully surrender and avail the benefits of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).###

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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