Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), Lt. Gen. Greg T. Almerol said that the number of communist terrorists neutralized in Eastern Mindanao skyrocketed to 2,000, covering the period from January 1 to November 24, 2021.
During the legitimate operations with government troops, 66 were killed, 127 were captured, and 586 were capitulated.
As a result of EastMinCom’s focused military operations, 1,200 allies discontinued their backing for the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).
In combat operations and through the surrender of former rebels, EastMinCom troops seized over 600 high-powered and low-powered firearms. During the same time period, the Command also found 180 CTG lairs and seized 87 anti-personnel mines.
During an intel operation initiated on November 24 at Sitio Trucut, Barangay Cawayan, Quezon, Bukidnon, the 3rd Infantry Battalion (3IB) captured two AK47 rifles from Guerrilla Front Malayag, Sub-Regional Committee 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (GF Malayag, SRC2, NCMRC).
After surrendering to the soldiers on November 5, 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 revealed the location of the firearms.
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 occurred after the mentioned unit held a three-day peacebuilding program in the area.
Meanwhile, on November 21, a high-ranking CTG member named Iresh Ayuma Ramos alias Nene/Kam, Medical/Finance Officer of GF Motorola, SRC 1, NCMRC, surrendered to the 58th Infantry Battalion’s Commanding Officer.
LtGen. Almerol said that the growing number of neutralized CTG members is a clear indication of EastMinCom units’ successful strategies 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,” Lt. Gen. Almerol expressed.
The EastMinCom Commander assured the public that his men are working hard and performing excellently for the people of Eastern Mindanao and the country as a whole.
He also urged the remaining CTG members and leaders to embrace the larger path of peace by quitting the armed struggle and embracing the government’s genuine offer to assist them in reuniting with their families, particularly over the Christmas season.
Lt. Gen. Almerol also informed the public that EastMinCom’s resolve is stronger than ever as it pursues lasting peace and development in Eastern Mindanao by seizing every opportunity available.