High-ranking cadre, followers yielded in Sultan Kudarat

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A platoon leader and two members of the communist terrorist group in Sultan Kudarat surrendered to the military on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Lt. Col. Allen Van Estrera, Commanding Officer of the 37th Infantry Battalion (37IB) identified the surrendered personalities as a.k.a. Hadji/Jok/Marianing, male, 37 years old, Front Secretary of East Daguma Front, and CO of Platoon Baghdad, East Daguma Front, Sub-regional Committee Daguma, Far South Mindanao Region; a.k.a. Joker, male, 25, years old, member of Platoon Baghdad, and; a.k.a Leslie, female, 25 years old, medic of Platoon Baghdad. The trio turned over one 5.56mm M16A1 rifle and one cal. 45 pistol.

Based on the initial revelation of the three, they decided to surrender because of the hardships and pressure brought about by the continuous conduct of focused military operations (FMOs), the series of encounters with the government forces that resulted in the neutralization of some of their leaders and their ranks, and the lack of moral/financial support from the leadership of FSMR.

The surrender of the three former rebels (FRs) to the 37IB was made possible through the intensified intelligence operations of the 37th, 57th, and 73rd Infantry Battalions of the Philippine Army, and; the PNP’s 12th Regional Mobile Force Company and Kalamansig Municipal Police Station.

Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said the surrender of the high-ranking Cadre of FSMR and his followers is an indication of the continuous downfall of SRC Daguma and subsequently of the FSMR. This was brought about by the untiring efforts of the military units to conduct FMO against the CTG remnants and due to the effectiveness of CSP Operations in the sitio(s) that are considered to be the mass base of the CTGs.

The FRs are currently undergoing custodial debriefing and processing for ECLIP at 37IB Headquarters. — PA

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