19 Communist Terrorists surrender, 17 died during fierce military ops - AFP

19 Communist Terrorists surrender, 17 died during fierce military ops - AFP

The mission to end the insurgency in the country continues despite the existence of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the latest report the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has weakened the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG) when 19 members surrendered, 17 were neutralized and 2 were apprehended in its field operations from May 4 to 11.

The said military operations resulted to the seizure of 37 high-powered firearms, 10 improvised explosive devices, and 1,262 rounds of assorted ammunition from the rebels.

(photo credit to CNN Phils)

One of the recent news is the surrender of a female mass organizer who yielded to joint elements of Philippine Army and Philippine National Police in Pandi, Bulacan on May 10The surrender of three rebels with their firearms  in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte on May 7. This was facilitated by the Army’s 5th Mechanized Battalion, 2nd Mechanized Brigade, and the Kapatagan Municipal Government.

Last May 4, 8 rebels surrendered to the 71st Infantry Battalion in Mawab, Davao de Oro. Other surrenders include one in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay; two in Rizal, Occidental Mindoro; one in Bansud Oriental Mindoro; one in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur; and two in Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

In its latest operations, last May 10 10 terrorists were neutralized by the 23IB under the 402nd Brigade engaged the enemy in a running gun battle targeting around 80 CTGs in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental

In another military encounter this time in Bulan, Sorsogon on May 8 where joint AFP-PNP elements clashed with undetermined number of rebels that resulted to 5 fatalities. Two or more were neutralized in an encounter between troops of 53rd Infantry battalion and communist terrorists in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur on May 11.

From May 4 up to May 11, the AFP captured four M16A1 rifles, four M16 rifles, three carbine M1 rifles, four AK47 rifles, M653 rifle, two M14 rifles, improvised M14 rifle, two M79 Grenade Launchers, two machine guns, four grenade, five caliber .45 pistol, three air guns, shotgun and a caliber .38 revolver. Aside from armaments, medical supplies, bandoliers and subversive documents were also seized from the CTGs.
“The AFP leadership lauds the dedication of our troops for continuing the momentum to destroy the capabilities of the communist terrorist groups. Their dwindling numbers marks their more than 50 years of failed revolution as they continue to lose their mass base support,” AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr. said.
“The increase in surrenders and firearms gained from communist terrorist groups indicate the criminal organizations’ dwindling strength. With the support from the NTF-ELCAC and local governments, it is now more than ever that the synergy of every agency and partner stakeholder is needed to sustain our momentum in solving the decades-old problem of insurgency, even at the face a global pandemic,” General Santos said.

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