More high-powered firearms and explosives stashed by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in a small village of Tampakan, South Cotabato were recovered by Eastern Mindanao Command’s (EastMinCom) troops on November 27, 2021.
Lt. Gen. Greg T. Almerol, Commander of EastMinCom, said that the troops of 39th Infantry Battalion (39th IB) and 10th K9 Team under the 1002nd Infantry Brigade launched an operation in response to a tip from former rebels (FRs), which led to the recovery of a caliber 50 machine gun with ammunition, a shotgun, four grenades, and a 40 mm grenade launcher ammunition at Sitio Bonglawaan, Barangay Palo 19, Tampakan, South Cotabato.
The FRs divulged that the recovered items belonged to the CTG’s Guerilla Front Alip of the Far South Mindanao Region (GF Alip, FSMR).
Lt. Gen. Almerol said that this is another strong indicator that the CTG is losing big in terms of manpower as they may have more weapons but now only have a dearth of men who may operate them.
“This is just one of the signs which shows that the CTG has a scarcity of manpower as more and more of their weapons lay unattended. This is important to note because the foundation of their operations heavily depends on their men,” Lt. Gen. Almerol assessed.
“Without their fighters and supporters, there will be no more CTG. Hence, this is a huge win for the people of Eastern Mindanao. I salute the troops for their very timely action and as well as the former rebels for their bravery in sharing information that is crucial to the success of EastMinCom,” Lt. Gen. Almerol added.
EastMinCom previously reported that former rebels had shared willingness to work with the military troops in pursuing the remaining CTG members and locating their stashed weapons in Eastern Mindanao through the sharing of information with intelligence value.
These former rebels previously said that their bitter and unfair experience in the hands of their CTG leaders made them determined to help the government in dismantling the remaining strongholds of CTGs and in pursuing peace and development in the country so that no more Filipinos will be taken advantage of by the communist terrorist leaders.
Lt. Gen. Almerol also said that they continue to foster ties with former rebels and ensure that they avail of the benefits accorded to them by the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). (PR)