By Martin Sadongdong
Philippine Army (PA) commanding general Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay commended his troops on Tuesday for the neutralization of 22 suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in week-long focused military operations conducted nationwide.
Gapay said troops from the 2nd Infantry Division (2ID), 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), 4th Infantry Division (4ID), 10th Infantry Division (10ID), and 11th Infantry Division (11ID) conducted a series of military operations in their areas of responsibilities from Feb. 24 to March 1.
The 2ID is based in Tanay, Rizal; 3ID in Jamindan, Capiz; 4ID in Cagayan de Oro City; 10ID in Mawab, Davao de Oro; and 11ID in Jolo, Sulu.
The military units recorded nine “successful” engagements which resulted in the death of four rebel suspects and the surrender of 18 others, Gapay said.
One of those killed was Marcelo Maldos, who the military said was a “political instructor” of the Bohol Party Committee, Komite Rehiyon-Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor.
“[He] was responsible for promoting and instilling anti-government teachings and propaganda among communities in Bohol,” according to 3ID’s 47th Infantry Battalion.
The troops also recovered 22 assorted firearms from the rebels’ lairs.
“Your sustained efforts to end insurgency against these lawless groups play a critical part in the attainment of our mission,” Gapay told the troops.
“With your adept demonstration of leadership, teamwork, and dedication to the service, I [am] assured that the Filipino people can truly live secure against any threats posed by [the] enemy,” he added.