Twelve NPA organizers surrender in Lanao del Sur

Published November 27, 2018, 3:12 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Francis Wakefield

Twelve Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) organizing group surrendered to the Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion of Joint Task Force Ranao in the hinterlands of Kapai and Tagoloan all of Lanao del Sur Monday.

82nd Infantry Batallion (Facebook)
82nd Infantry Batallion (Facebook)

“The surrenderees were organized by Semi Legal Team, Guerilla Front 12, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee,” said 82nd Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Jayson Jumawan,

The CNT organizing group members also surrendered two firearms, a caliber 30 carbine rifle and one caliber 45 pistol.

Custodial debriefing is still ongoing for the 12 who surrendered.

Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the troops for their efforts that led to the surrender of the 12 NPA organizing group.

“Our campaign against Communist NPA Terrorists and local terrorists group in our area of operation is relentless and will continue to insulate communities from their terroristic activities,” Murillo said.

“We will also complement our operations with other Infantry Divisions to isolate and destroy them to attain just and lasting peace in the AO,” he added.

On November 10, 2018, an NPA leader in Tagoloan, Lanao del Sur was killed in an encounter against the troops of the 65th Infantry Battalion, operationally controlled by 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro City.