Two more members of the Communist Terrorist Group on Thursday, November 11, 2021, surrendered to forces from the 38th Infantry Battalion (38IB) and the 6th CMO Battalion as the Joint Task Force Central ramps up its combat and non-combat operations.
At the 38IB headquarters in Sitio Tampuan, Barangay Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province, 62-year-old a.k.a. Cardo and 36-year-old a.k.a. Ka Mimoy, both from Banga, South Cotabato, turned over their weaponry to the armed forces. They are members of the Guerilla Front Musa, Far South Mindanao Regional Committee.
One makeshift M14 rifle with two magazines and 40 rounds of live ammunition was surrendered, as well as one Garand rifle with five clips, 37 rounds of live ammunition, and eight rounds of K3 ammunition.
“We continue to encourage militants to surrender and possibly spend the holiday seasons with their loved ones,” said Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command.
“As the highest military Commander in this side of the country, I am elated with this development, and I commend our soldiers and those who are helping and assisting them to achieve these successes,” he added.
Former insurgents were debriefed in custody by the 603rd Infantry Brigade, and their surrendered firearms were placed in the custody of the 38IB for proper disposition.
“We expect to be counting and receiving more CTG members who will surrender in the coming days, as some of the top leaders of the group already yielded,” said Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central.
Since January 2021, 121 CTG members have surrendered to government forces, with the majority also surrendering their firearms and ammunition. Thirteen from the West Daguma, 84 from the East Daguma, and 24 from the GF Musa are among the 121.