NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Four members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) surrendered to the government in two different instances on October 19, 2019, in Eastern Mindanao.
At about 9:30 in the morning, a certain alias Tonton, a Squad Leader of the CTG being monitored in the Cotabato- Davao City-Bukidnon tri-boundary, surrendered to the Barangay Government of Perez, Kidapawan City, North Cotobato.
The said surrenderee who is a member of the Manobo tribe from Antipas, North Cotabato brought along with him an M16 rifle and ammunition. He was initially turned over to 72nd Infantry Battalion for custodial debriefing and assessment.
On a separate occasion, three members of the CTG being monitored in Surigao del Sur, through the help of some Barangay Officials in Tandag City surrendered to the elements of the 3rd Special Forces Battalion in the afternoon of the same day.
The three CTG members were identified as alias Kakar, 34 years old, of Brgy. Awisan, Tandag City, a former Squad leader; a certain alias Elmo, 37 years old, of Brgy. Castillo, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur, a former Team Leader; and a certain alias Rosa, 28 years old, a former Supply Officer.
The three who are now undergoing a custodial debriefing and assessment surrendered with them an M4 Bushmaster Carbine Rifle.
Meanwhile, a guerilla unit in Masara lines along Maco and Mawab Compostela Valley continues to weaken, following the surrender of seven of its Militia ng Bayan members (MB) to the 71st Infantry Battalion at Brgy. Nueva Visayas, Mawab on October 17, 2019.
The seven who were identified through their aliases are Bebot/Olbot, Jojo, Tata, Jimmy, Bording, and Oning, 49 years old. They are now undergoing custodial debriefing and assessment.
Meanwhile, Lt. General Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command calls on different stakeholders to facilitate the surrender of the CTG members to go back to the folds of the law.
“While our troops are busy in the conduct of combat operations to run against the hardcore members who continue to embrace the violent culture of the CTG, we appreciate the effort of our stakeholders particularly the LGUs and BLGUs who are reaching out in behalf of the whole government to those who wanted to surrender. We ask therefore to continue with your noble endeavor and hand-in-hand let us end this insurgency once and for all,” Lt. Gen. Santos said.
Source: Eastern Mindanao Command Philippine Army
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