2 communist terrorists yield in Sultan Kudarat.
Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – May 29, 2022
Two members of the West Daguma Front surrendered to the Joint Task Force Central in Sultan Kudarat on May 26, 2022.
According to Col. Michael Santos, Commander of the 603rd Infantry Brigade, the two were identified as alias Tumalao/Patikan and alias Sultan, members of the Sub-Regional Committee Daguma (SRC Daguma), West Daguma Front, Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR). They surrendered to Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar, Commanding Officer of the 37th Infantry Battalion at Sitio Lower Tinagdanan, Barangay Hinalaan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.
Lt. Col. Baldomar revealed that the former rebels are respected Tribal Leaders of the Dulangan Manobo Tribe. “We were informed of the desire of the two to end their armed struggle. We then conducted a dialogue and an outreach program in their community together with the local government officials of Kalamansig. These activities enlightened the minds of the two tribal leaders and made them decide to surrender for the betterment of their tribe,” Lt. Col. Baldomar stated.
“The surrender of the most respected Tribal Leaders of the Dulangan Manobo Tribe in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat is a clear manifestation that the local IPs already realized that they had been used and manipulated by the communist terrorists for their own interests that greatly affected the lives of the IPs. This event is an indication of the continuous downfall of the CTG influence in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat and the eventual dismantling of the SRC DAGUMA, FSMR,” Brig. Gen. Eduardo Gubat, Acting Commander of the JTF Central said.
During the first five months of 2022, a total of 68 communist terrorists surrendered to the military in Central Mindanao.
Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command attributed this feat to the continued conduct of the Community Support Programs of the military troops coupled with the unwavering support of the local government units and the peace-loving people in the communities.
“We are hopeful that with the continuous implementation of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government, we will be able to convince the remaining members of the terror groups to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. added.