Four members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) surrendered with firearms to the 5th Special Forces Battalion, Philippine Army in South Cotabato in a week since June 21, 2022.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Zandro Alvez, Commanding Officer of the 5th Special Forces Battalion, the first two surrenderees were CTG members in the barrios. They surrendered with their firearms — a 7.62mm L1A1 SLR Rifle and Cal .30mm M1 Carbine Rifle — one magazine and ammunition to the government troops in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on June 21 and 24, 2022.
The other two CTGs turned themselves at Sitio Lamsiman, Sinolon, Tboli, and Sitio Lamtabong Odi, Lambingi, both in the municipality of Banga on June 26, 2022. They yielded one Thompson, Caliber .45; one Carbine M1 rifle, and one anti-personnel mine.
Brigadier General Pedro C Balisi Jr, Commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, said more communist terrorists are now convinced to surrender due to the increasing awareness of the government’s programs.
“Let us continue pushing the enemies of the state to the verge of irreversible collapse and persuade them to take advantage of the government’s initiative for reconciliation through the E-CLIP,” he said.
Meanwhile, Major General Roberto Capulong, Acting Commander of the 6th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Central, lauded the troops’ accomplishments, attributing the gains of their campaign to sustained collaboration and partnership with local community leaders, local government counterparts, and the general public.
“The AFP continues its call to the remaining members of the CTG to surrender and embrace a peaceful life back to the government’s fold and avail of the E-CLIP benefits for their reintegration,” MGen Capulong said, adding that the 6th Infantry Division will also relentlessly hunt down those who will continue to espouse violence and commit atrocities. — AFP