Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Website (Feb 5, 2019): Surrender continues to weaken NPA
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) noted surrender remains the main NPA neutralization during the first month of the year.
This was reflected in a briefing made by MGen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command to Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. during the latter's visit in Headquarters EMC in Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan Davao City on February 5, 2019,
MGen. Santos Jr., in his report, accounted for 37 NPA regular members and 26 members of the Militiang Bayan from January 1- 31, 2019 in the whole area of EMC. In their surrender, they brought along with them 33 assorted firearms.
Additionally, MGen. Santos' report reflects that troops figured in 20 encounters wherein nine NPA regulars were killed while 3 others were arrested leading to the capture of 25 various firearms.
The visit of the CSAFP is part of his situational assessment and way of issuing operational guidance in peace and security effort of the AFP.
MGen Santos during the conference vowed to sustain the pressure against the terrorist group and operational gains of EMC and reechoed to all units through a directive to continue the effort in peace constituency building and harness the support of the other agency through Executive Order 70 to address the socio-economic dimension of the insurgency.
"We shall take advantage of the operational gains of the Command in building conflict resilient communities. While we continue to eliminate the threat of armed conflict, we should work an extra mile to prepare our communities in a post-conflict scenario to cut the cycle of insurgency in our area of responsibility once and for all and contribute to the overall objective of the PRRD to bring sustainable peace in the country." MGen Santos said.
Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command