4ID Commander: CTG’s collapse inevitable

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CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – “The communist terrorist group (CTG) operating in Northern Mindanao and CARAGA regions is now bound for its eventual collapse.” This declaration was made by MGen Wilbur C Mamawag, the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division Commander, following a series of neutralization of top CTG leaders through surrender, capture, and encounter.

The recent surrenderers are identified as Daniel “Ladder” Nague, Janelyn “Ajen” Flores, Maylyn “Lim” Acebido and Marjon “Bestre” Maraon, and Bobong “Jimmy” Asay, who gave themselves in to the 75th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Jelson D Buyuccan on September 21, 2022.

Meanwhile, six (6) other CNTs, namely Mama “Jab” Inolato and Rodulfo “Datu Bagyo” Manseliohan Man-anito, Kabebing “Marilyn” Man-anito, Matet “Elvie” Inolato, Dexy’ Esok” Gumansil Hayonan, and Melecio “Datu Manhabinan” Manseliohan, surrendered to 26th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Sandy R Majarocon on September 25, 2022, bringing along six (6) high-powered firearms. They are remnants of Platoon Banglas of SRC3, NCMRC. Earlier, another six (6) CNTs led by Badong “Reymund” Gumansel Lipanda surrendered to the same unit on September 17, 2022.

“These string of accomplishments clearly manifests the looming end of the CTG. With 40 CTG key leaders neutralized resulting in 35 firearms recovered from September until the present, what we are dealing with right now are the remnants of the weakened CTGs who persist on threatening far-flung communities,” MGen. Mamawag said.

MGen Mamawag reiterates his call for peace and urges everyone to help reach out to our misguided brothers. He said “the Joint Task Force Diamond that I lead is on the last stretch of our campaign to finally end the local communist armed conflict in this two regions. At the rate we are going, it seems that our dream to have insurgency-free communities will not be far-fetched.”