Troops recover CTG’s war materials in Zamboanga del Norte

Following a firefight in Zamboanga del Norte on December 3, 2021, army troops seized communist terrorist group’s war materials.

According to the report, at around 4:40 PM on December 3, troops of the 44th Infantry Battalion engaged with more or less ten armed men believed to be remnants of the defunct Guerilla Front Feliciano-Alpha and Main Regional Guerilla Unit at Sitio Dipane, Barangay Bato, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The exchange of fire lasted 20 minutes, according to Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command, after which the enemies fled in different directions.

“While scouring the clash site, troops recovered one M16 assault rifle, assorted magazines, medical supplies, propaganda materials, and personal belongings of the enemy,” the WestMinCom Commander said.

To neutralize the retreating terrorists, troops set up blockades on potential insurgent departure routes.

On the morning of December 3, Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, disclosed that an armed encounter occurred in Barangay Linabo, Polanco, the same province. The 97th and 42nd Infantry Battalions engaged in a 30-minute combat with members of the Guerilla Front BBC, and forces are still pursuing the fleeing terrorists.

“Our units on the ground are relentlessly pursuing the remaining members of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) who keep on evading our forces these past few months,” Brig. Gen. Nicolas said.

“Nevertheless, we continue to encourage the CTG remnants to abandon their armed struggle, lay down their arms, and avail of the benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP),” added Nicolas.

The WMRPC currently has just two active guerilla fronts in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Misamis Occidental.

“The snowball of surrender has significantly weakened the communist terrorist group in our area of operation,” said Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Commander of Joint Task Force ZamPeLan.

Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. praised Joint Task Force ZamPeLan forces for excellent operations that yielded multiple victories.

“Let us continue to employ more pressure so that the remaining members of the terror group will be forced to give up their armed struggle,” the commander said.

Last November, the military had five confrontations with the CTG in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Misamis Occidental.

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