Cabadbaran City, AGUSAN DEL NORTE- Following an armed encounter between the government troops and the members of the Communist Terrorist Group(CTG), where troops of 29th Infantry “Matatag” Battalion seized 2 high powered firearms and killed one of the top ranking CTG personality, four (4) other members of the said group surrendered to the unit on April 22,2022 at Headquarters 29IB Brgy Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.
The four CTG members surrendered to Col. Jason M. Saldua and Lt.Col. Emerson De Vera Jr., Commanding Officers of 29IB and 65IB bringing with them four (4) improvised shotguns.
Colonel Saldua, identified the four CTG personalities as Joreb Antong, a CTG team leader, and a resident of Brgy Mahaba, Cabadbaran City; Junry Egom Gaan, a CTG team leader, and a resident of Sitio Tagkiling, Brgy Anticala, Butuan City; Cherry Mae Calinawan Maayo, a medical officer, and a resident of Brgy Mahaba, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; and Ejoy Egom Mabandos, a CTG combatant, and a resident of So. Tagkiling, Brgy Anticala, Butuan City.
According to them, they wanted to live a normal life because they were already tired of running and hiding from the successive combat operations conducted by the Army in the hinterlands of Cabadbaran City and Butuan City.
They added, that they also feared for the safety of their lives especially that they had heard of the death of their high ranking CTG leader during an armed encounter last April 17, 2022.
“I know that the remaining CTG members are now struggling because of the scarcity of their food supply and resources due to civilians being aware on the government’s campaign to combat local communist insurgency under Executive Order No. 70. With our intensive information awareness campaign against the CTG; the people are now enlightened about their criminal and terroristic acts wherein they have already declared them as “Persona Non-Grata” in their community,” said Colonel Saldua.
Likewise, he reiterated his call to the remaining members of the CTG to surrender to the authorities while there is still time.
“I am calling on the remaining CTG members to lay down your weapons and surrender now so that you can now receive the promised help of the government through its Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP)benefits . We know that the said program will surely help you and your family to live more peacefully . So, come down now and surrender. We are here to help you,” Col Saldua assured.