From the Mindanao Newsbits section of the Manila Bulletin (Jan 16): Insurgency-free
Camp Bancasi, Butuan City – At least six provinces in Mindanao are now investments and economic hubs after being declared insurgency-free, Maj. Gen. Oscar T. Lactao, commanding general of the AFP’s Mindanao’s largest 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division said yesterday.
These provinces are Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Dinagat Islands province.
According to Lactao these areas had already been declared out of the influence of the New People’s Army (NPA) armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
In the area of responsibility of the 4th ID alone, Lactao said there were already 300 surrenders coming from the various NPA fronts in Northeastern and Northern Mindanao regions last year.