Military continuously gain ground against terror groups in Southern Philippines

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The Western Mindanao Command held the 2nd quarter campaign assessment on Tuesday afternoon, June 21. WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. presided over the conference held at the Khadaffy Mansion at Camp Navarro, Calarian, this city.

Based on the reports presented by the triad officers of the command, the continuous efforts of the military units under the command and control of WestMinCom resulted in the neutralization of 119 communist terrorist group members, dismantling of three Guerilla Fronts, and clearing of four focus areas. Dismantled fronts include Guerilla Front BBC of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC), and the East and West Daguma Fronts under the Sub-Regional Committee Daguma (SRC Daguma).

For the local terrorist groups, 77 Abu Sayyaf Group personalities were neutralized including the surrender of 6 sub-leaders and the killing of Radzmil Jannatul. Also, 40 affected areas in Sulu and Basilan were cleared from ASG presence. Additionally, 120 Daulah Islamiyah personalities were neutralized including four key leaders, and three affected areas in Lanao Del Sur were cleared.

In Central Mindanao, a total of 139 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were neutralized and 11 affected areas in Maguindanao were cleared. All of these were accomplished during the first and second quarters of 2022.
The commanders of Joint Task Forces Central, ZamPeLan, Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, and Zamboanga; Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM); Tactical Operations Wing Western Mindanao (TOWWM); 54th Engineer Brigade; and Joint Special Operations Forces 2 (JSOF2) were among the participants who were physically present during the campaign assessment. WestMinCom’s Deputy Commander for Internal Defense Operations and the Command Staff were also physically present during the activity.

Other participants including the brigade commanders; 4th Civil Relations Group Commander; and health service units attended the activity virtually via Zoom.

In his message, Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. said, “Let me take this opportunity to congratulate our Joint Task Forces for the serious efforts that led to numerous accomplishments and substantial gains. I would also like to commend our men and women of Team WESTMINCOM, from our Joint Task Forces down to the brigades, battalions, and the lowest echelons of the Command, for well-executed security operations in connection with the recently concluded national and local elections. The presence of our security forces and the proactive measures we have implemented have effectively secured our people as they voted freely, while our forces prevented criminal elements and other lawless armed groups from conducting atrocities.”

The three-star general urged the attendees to remain steadfast and encouraged the sustainment of gains. “I urge everyone to give your full commitment to our sworn duty, maximize the ‘whole-of-nation approach’, sustain the momentum, and make deliberate efforts to pressure the remaining armed components of the CTG and the different LTGs. I am confident that whatever is set to be accomplished will be achieved with everyone’s cooperation,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. further stated. — PA

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