Five alleged communist leaders surrender in Caraga region

Published July 7, 2022, 6:18 PM

by Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY — Five alleged top leaders of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) operating in Caraga region have surrendered to the field troops of the Army’s 402nd Infantry ‘Stinger’ Brigade (402nd Brigade), military official reported Thursday afternoon.

Chief of Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the 4th ID Maj. Francisco P. Garello, Jr. identified these alleged top communist leaders in the Caraga region as Rogelio S. Gerondio Jr, Ruel N. Namansulay, Maricel A. Lunsayan, Rexon S. Guinar Sr., and Nita O. Guinar, all allegedly belonging to the CTG’s Sub-Regional Committee 3 of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee.

They yielded five high powered automatic rifles consisting of one AR18 rifle, one M14 rifle, one M16 Armalite rifle, two Cal. 45 pistols and live ammunition.

“Makakatanggap sila ng immediate cash assistance dahil sa firearms ng kanilang isinuko sa ating pamahalaan and they will also receive some other livelihood support in relation to our E-CLIP program of the government,” Maj. Garello told The Manila Bulletin on Thursday.

On the other hand, Brig. Gen. Adonis Ariel G. Orio, commanding general of the 402nd Brigade, commended the field troops for the surrender of the five ranking leaders of the underground movement on Monday, July 4.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Wilbur C. Mamawag, commanding general of the AFP’s Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th ID, congratulated the Joint Intelligence Task Unit of 402nd Brigade for this feat leading to the eventual collapse of CTGs in Caraga region.

With this, the 4th ID chief urges other subordinate units to be relentless in the conduct of focused military operations while allowing tired and weary CTGs elements to surrender.

“We shall sustain this winning momentum with the help of LGUs and the line government agencies, under the auspices of Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict,” the 4th ID commander said.

“Together, we will rid communities of peace spoilers to allow for unhampered development of our communities.” Maj. Gen. Mamawag said.

The most ranking AFP officials in Northeastern and Northern Mindanao appealed to the remaining CTG members who are still in the mountains to stop fighting the government and instead heed the call for peace by availing of the benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP).