Military troops from Joint Task Force Central apprehended a wounded NPA terrorist in Sultan Kudarat, according to Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr.
“Based on the report, while our troops from the 38th Infantry Battalion were scouring the area in Sitio Upper Compac, Barangay Baglas of the municipality of Palimbang, they rescued an unidentified wounded person at around 3:45 PM yesterday, December 31,” said Vinluan.
“During the initial interview, it was revealed that the said person is Elmer Lasib, a.k.a Billy/Ka Bodo/Ka Bogs, the former West Front Commanding Officer of GF Musa, Far South Mindanao Region of the Communist Terrorist Group,” he added.
Col. Eduardo Gubat, commander of the 603rd Infantry Brigade, said the alleged personality received prompt first aid and is now in a stable condition.
“He is temporarily placed under the custody of the 37th Infantry Battalion for further investigation,” said Col. Gubat.
Interrogation and investigation are still ongoing.
“The military assists even the worst enemy of the state in times when they need it the most,” said Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of the Joint Task Force Central.
“We strictly abide with the International Humanitarian Law in all our operations,” he added.