By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NoLCom) and Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) scored anew against communist terrorists in recent encounters and surrenders.
In a statement, the AFP’s Public Affairs Office said in EastMinCom alone, a total of 8,665 surrenderees from January 1 to October 10 has been recorded, and are currently undergoing process for their eligibility to avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits from the government.
On October 9, troops in Impasug-ong, and Pangatucan, Bukidnon encountered different Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG). Troops of 8th Infantry Battalion (IB) encountered more or less five CTG members in Impasug-ong, while two Special Forces teams in Pangatucan encountered 10 CTG members, resulting in one enemy getting killed and two troopers being wounded-in-action.
On October 8, troops of the 36th IB were able to seize a sack of books and news magazines containing Communist propaganda and reading materials that the rebels intended to distribute in schools in Carmen, Surigao del Sur.
Also recently, 10 members of Milisyang Bayan voluntarily surrendered to the 75IB in Rosario, Agusan del Sur, bringing along seven firearms.
So far, the EastMinCom has seized 821 firearms from surrenderers and encounters, and a total of 324 improvised explosive devices. There are also 131 CTG encampments that were seized and cleared from war materiel and explosives.
“The Northern Luzon Command also showed significant accomplishments against communist terrorists amidst the humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts in the recent calamities that hit Northern Luzon,” said AFP Chief of Staff Genera Carlito Galvez Jr., said.
In October 5, a certain alias Kalaya, 46, voluntarily surrendered with his M16 rifle to the 77th IB.
This follows the surrender of his colleague, an alias Efren who surrendered to the 54th IB on October 4 bringing along his firearm and explosive devices.
On October 3, two platoons of the 86th IB discovered an abandoned enemy encampment in Jones, Isabela that can accommodate more than 50 persons. The troops seized an M16 rifle from the site.