The number of communist terrorists neutralized in Eastern Mindanao skyrocketed to 2,000, during the period from January 1 to November 24, 2021.
According to Lt. Gen. Greg Almerol, commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, out of this figure, 66 were killed during legitimate operations of government troops, 127 were captured, and 586 surrendered.
A total of 1,200 of allies also withdrew their support from the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) as a result of EastMinCom’s focused military operations.
EastMinCom units also seized more than 600 high-powered and low-powered firearms in combat operations and through the surrender of former rebels. On top of that, the Command also seized 87 anti-personnel mines and discovered 180 CTG lairs within the same period.
The 3rd Infantry Battalion (3rd IB) seized two AK47 rifles from Guerrilla Front Malayag, Sub-Regional Committee 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (GF Malayag, SRC2, NCMRC) during an intel operation launched at Sitio Trucut, Barangay Cawayan, Quezon, Bukidnon on November 24, 2021.
A former communist terrorist identified as Jeffrey Ardita alias Lingling, squad leader of Platun Dos/team leader of SPARU, Sub-Regional Sentro de Grabidad (Peddler), SRC2, NCMRC disclosed the location of the firearms after he surrendered to the troops on November 5, 2021.
Meanwhile, the Matigsalog tribe of Sitio Gamot, Barangay Sta. Felomina, Quezon, Bukidnon also turned over a Springfield M1 Garand rifle to the troops of 3rd IB on November 23, 2021, which was believed to be owned by a member of Platoon Bagsik of GF Malayag. The turnover happened following the three-day peacebuilding seminar conducted by the said unit in the area.
In a separate incident, a high-ranking CTG member identified as Iresh Ayuma Ramos alias Nene/Kam, medical/finance officer of GF Motorola, SRC 1, NCMRC, surrendered to the commanding officer of 58th Infantry Battalion on November 21, 2021.
LtGen. Almerol said that the growing number of neutralized CTG members is a clear manifestation of the effective strategies employed by EastMinCom units in their respective areas.
“With no letup in our intensified combat operations, coupled with the strong support from the local government units and the populace, we are optimistic that we can dismantle the remaining guerilla fronts in Eastern Mindanao and finally make way for unhampered peace and development,” LtGen. Almerol said.
The EastMinCom commander assured the public that his troops are working hard and doing their job with excellence for the benefit of the people of Eastern Mindanao and the country as a whole.
He also urged the remaining CTG members and their leaders to choose the greater path of peace by abandoning the armed struggle and accepting the government’s sincere offer to help them start a new life with their families, especially this Christmas season.
LtGen. Almerol also assured the public that EastMinCom’s resolve is stronger than ever as it continues to use every opportunity it could find in the pursuit of sustainable peace and development in Eastern Mindanao.