NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) under the leadership of LtGen. Greg T. Almerol separately neutralized ten high-ranking leaders of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Bukidnon and Surigao del Norte on September 8 and 10.
Nine of the said personalities belonging to the Sub-Regional Committee 5, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (SRC5, NCRMC) surrendered to the troops of 403rd Brigade’s 1st Special Forces Battalion (1SFBn) on September 8 in Valencia City, Bukidnon, after longing for their families and the persuasion from their relatives, prompted them to yield.
The CTG personalities identified as Raquel N. Dahoyla, the Secretary of SRC5, Joen V. Morales, Daniel P. Layanan, Mary Jean S. Cololot, Nelbert Binungkasan, Warren A. Balanse, Walisa C. Tinampakan, Marlon B. Ampoan, and Rey N. Unabia. They also brought six high-powered firearms composed of three M16 Rifles, two AK47 Rifles, and an M1 Carbine Rifle.
Following this, a joint law enforcement operation by the troops of 401st Brigade, Philippine National Police, and Philippine Coast Guard resulted in the arrest of Nenita G. Dolera, Secretary of Guerilla Front 19 (GF19), at the port of Surigao City on September 10.
Dolera, who has a warrant of arrest for Murder, was monitored by authorities to be returning to Surigao City via fast craft on that day from Leyte, which led to her arrest.
Meanwhile, LtGen. Almerol lauded the troops under the Joint Task Force Diamond for their new accomplishments, which he described as a “definitive stage” to the collapse of communist terrorist remnants in Northern Mindanao and the Caraga Region.
“The recent neutralization of CTG leaders in Bukidnon and Surigao del Norte is the result of our relentless collaboration with intelligence units and engagements with their families who long to see them alive and at peace with the government,” he said.
“Once again, we call other CTG remnants to surrender and live peacefully with their families. The government programs through Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) is here to assist you on your second chance in life,” the EastMinCom Commander added.