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EastMinCom neutralizes 74 communist rebels since January 2024

THE EASTERN Mindanao Command (EastMinCom)  continues to intensify its whole-of-nation approach to finish the dwindling forces of the remaining guerilla fronts leading to the neutralization of 74 rebels in its jurisdiction. 

LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, EastMinCom commander, said they want to meet the challenge of AFP Chief of Staff Romeo S. Brawner Jr. to dismantle the NPA in the country as soon as possible.

The command’s no-let-up operations led to a series of encounters against the communist terrorist group (CTG) and the surrender of its members since January 2024.

Based on EastMinCom records, the command neutralized 74 Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA terrorists (CNT), comprising 62 surrenders, four captures, and eight deaths. Soldiers also captured 71 firearms (58 high-powered and 13 low-powered), recovered eight anti-personnel mines, and overran one enemy hideout.

“I commend you all for your steadfast dedication that has played a pivotal role in the Command’s remarkable achievements. With the timeline given to us by the Chief of Staff, I am confident that we can adhere to it and finish the remaining guerrilla fronts in our area of operations. With your commitment and dedication to upholding our mission, we will meet this challenge head-on and emerge victorious in safeguarding our nation’s peace and security,” Almerol said.

Likewise, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of Surigao del Norte members approved a joint resolution proclaiming the province “insurgency-free” on March 15.

Almerol also lauded the troops of the 901st Infantry Brigade to dismantle the remaining NPAs in the province.

“Your dedication and bravery have been exemplary, showcasing the true spirit of service. You have overcome challenges with unwavering resolve, securing peace and stability in your area of operation. May this achievement be a testament to your efforts and dedication to finally defeat the CTG forces and create a conflict-resilient Eastern Mindanao,” he said.

Surigao del Norte is the eighth province under the joint operational area of EastMinCom to be declared insurgency-free.



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