From January 1 to February 13, 2018 , a total of 91 New People’s Army fighters surrendered under the area of responsibility of the Eastern Mindanao Command.
The EMC also captured 110 firearms and 53 improvised devices. The EMC recorded 44 encounters which resulted to the discovery of 54 NPA encampments and 126 improvised explosive devices (IED).
“That is the result of our focused military operations,” said EMC spokesperson Maj. Ezra Balagtey. “We also have our community support programs which are undertaken by different units to include humanitarian assistance and disaster response that is being implemented on the northeastern area Mindanao on Wednesday.”
Balagtey told the AFP-PNP Southern Mindanao Press Corps Media Briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday that the NPA’s Sangay ng Partido Localidad has been facilitating the entry of the armed group in the community.
“So we are trying to reach them out to withdraw their support to the NPA so that we can facilitate the delivery of a peaceful environment in the community,” said Balagtey
According to Captain Jerry Lamosao, spokesperson of the 10th ID, the army has been continuing to focus on its military operations, community support programs and information gathering efforts in order to trace the NPA.
“Because of our discovery of many abandoned encampments this implies that they (NPA) transferred, so our information gathering efforts are intensified because they might be situated in a place where in they have another victim community,” said Lamosao.
He said that 10th ID continues to support the local government in their undertaking particularly peace and order and in partnership with Philippine National Police.