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Surigao: 6 CTG Members Yield After Ka Oris’ Death, Largest Arms Cache Found in Eastern Mindanao

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NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Six members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) capitulated on November 14, 2021, after their fate was in limbo following the death of top communist terrorist leader Jorge Madlos alias “Ka Oris,” while the largest CTG arms cache was also discovered by the troops on a separate occasion, leading to the seizure of several high-powered firearms.

The six communist terrorists who yielded to the troops of the 4th Infantry Division (4th ID) in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon were composed of a high-ranking leader identified as Bernie M. Sinunta alias Boboy, the Intel Officer/Vice Commanding Officer of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee’s Sub-Regional Committee 2 (NCMRC, SRC2) and five other members namely Junie Orque alias Bigboy, Squad Leader of Squad 1, Platoon Bagsik, Guerilla Front Malayag, SRC2; Ting Arellano alias Ting, Team Leader Abe of Squad 2, Sub-Regional Sentro de Gabidad (SRSDG) peddler, SRC2; Jorlito Arellano alias Jimboy, the Team Leader Baking of Squad 2, SRSDG Peddler, SRC2; Rickian Ampildon alias Pikoy, Security Officer/Team Leader Baking of Squad 1, SRSDG Peddler, SRC2; and Marjon Pasco alias Reden, the Team Leader Abe of Squad 2, SRSDG Peddler, SRC2.

The communist terrorists also surrendered six high-powered firearms consisting of an M4 Rifle, three M16 Rifles, and two M14 Rifles.

The six communist terrorists bared that internal crisis within their group brought by the absence of Ka Oris prompted them to surrender to government forces on top of other reasons such as scarcity of food and other supplies and the relentless focused military operations launched by the troops of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom).

Meanwhile, troops of 10th Infantry Division’s (10th ID) 1002nd Brigade seized a total of 30 high-powered firearms comprised of a Cal .30 machine gun; seventeen M16 rifles, seven AK47 rifles, four M14 rifles, an M203 Grenade Launcher and an upper receiver each for an M16 and Carbine rifle following the discovery of an arms cache during intel operations launched at Sitio Bagyang, Barangay Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani from November 11 to 16, 2021. This is deemed a major breakthrough since it is the largest arms cache discovered by the troops in the whole history of EastMinCom.

EastMinCom Commander LtGen. Greg T. Almerol said that the surrender of the CTG members is a strong indicator that many of Ka Oris’ comrades are dispirited following his death. The EastMinCom Commander assessed that more CTG members under Ka Oris’ leadership are expected to surrender in the following weeks as a result of massive demoralization within their group.

Ka Oris’ death served as an awakening for some communist terrorists in Eastern Mindanao that continued resistance against the government is futile and will only end in tragedy, the EastMinCom Commander added.

“Once and for all, I call upon the remaining communist terrorists to follow the steps of your former comrades who are now living a peaceful and comfortable life under the care of the government. All you need to do is make that decisive action to peacefully surrender and we will ensure your safety and protection,” LtGen. Almerol stressed.

The EastMinCom Commander also did not let a moment pass without commending the troops of 4th ID and 10th ID, saying that the two divisions are doing a “marvelous job in tackling communist terrorism in Eastern Mindanao.”

“Your exemplary job is a true source of inspiration for all of us who strive to make the country better in pursuit of peace and development. Keep up the good work!” The EastMinCom Commander said.

EastMinCom continues to conduct relentless focused military operations and enhance cooperation with the police, the Local Government Units, the communities, and former rebels as part of its bid to put an end to the communist armed conflict by 2022.

(RPN DXKS Surigao via MAJ ALEX D MINDALANO INF PA Chief, Public Information Office Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP)

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