Two communist terrorist group members were apprehended by the government forces in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur at 4:30 p.m., September 21, 2020.
While conducting blocking and checkpoint operations following an encounter in Barangay Marangan, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, combined elements of Midsalip Municipal Police Station and 53rd Infantry Battalion apprehended two personalities believed to be members/supporters of the CTG who allegedly escaped from the encounter site bringing along with them assorted war materials, supplies, and garments.
“The apprehended personalities were identified as Jaymar Balaas Bellano and Gemma Donsalo Ayas, all of legal age and residents of Purok 2, Barangay Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur,” said Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander.
Seized from the duo’s possession were: cash worth PHP 6,400.00, sixteen cigarette lighters, eight black jogging pants, five green sweatshirts with BHB logo, one rubber boot, one power bank, six cellular phones, four underwear, five t-shirts, assorted foodstuffs, and personal belongings.
“We relentlessly conduct focused and civil-military operations to eradicate all threats here in the Zamboanga Peninsula and the Lanao provinces,” said Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, JTF ZamPeLan Commander.
Bellano and Ayas were brought to Midsalip MPS for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.
Meanwhile, the cadaver of the CTG member killed during the encounter in Dumingag was turned-over to LGU Dumingag headed by Mayor Joan Abejuela for proper disposition. Said individual was identified as Bernie Nuñez, a.k.a. Gogo, the political guide of the group.
~Press release and photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command, Philippine Army