Friday, July 15, 2022

Commander EastMinCom lauds troops for continuous CTG firearms recovery and surrender, entices remnants to avail E-CLIP

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), under the leadership of LtGen. Greg T. Almerol has recovered more firearms and logged more surrenders of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) members on the 2nd week of July this year.

The first recovery transpired as troops under the 1001st Infantry Brigade, accompanied by former leaders of the dismantled Guerilla Front (GF) 2, uncovered an arms cache with four M16 Rifles and an M14 Rifle in the vicinity of North Davao, Purok 6, Barangay New Leyte, Maco, Davao de Oro on July 9.

It was followed by the seizure of two M16 Rifles and an M14 Rifle at two different barangays in Quezon, Bukidnon, as a former member of GF57 revealed the firearms' location to the troops of the 72nd Infantry Battalion (IB) under the 10th Infantry Division (ID) and 88IB under 4ID on July 13.

Before this, four remnants of the dismantled Sub-Regional Guerilla Unit of the Sub-Regional Committee 5 (SRGU, SRC5), yielded to the troops of 56IB under the 1003rd Brigade in Talaingod, Davao Del Norte on July 12.

They were identified as Jimboy Mambay-an, former squad leader, Tata Mambay-an, former medic, Onti Landahay and Inggo Ebudan. The surrenderees also yielded an AK47 Rifle and an M1 Springfield Garand Rifle.

Meanwhile, LtGen. Almerol lauded the troops of 10ID and 4ID for facilitating the latest accomplishments.

"Your efforts have further allowed us to reduce the armed and manpower capabilities of the CTG. Let us continue our intensified operations with the cooperation of former rebels and the support of the local government to finally clear the whole of Eastern Mindanao from the presence of the communist terrorists, " he said.

The EastMinCom Commander also enticed the CTG remnants to surrender and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of government to live a peaceful life with their families.

From January 1 to date, a total of 544 CTG members and supporters were neutralized by EastMinCom, while it also seized 425 firearms and 96 anti-personnel mines. Likewise, the Command is confronting six remaining weakened CTG Guerilla Fronts in its Joint Operational Area from 33 in 2017.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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