CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Another 6 members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) operating in South Cotabato have yielded to the police and army on Friday, June 19, 2020.
The returnees voluntarily surrendered along with their firearms at hinterlands of Barangays Kalkam and Lunen in Tupi, South Cotabato. They belonged to Guerilla Front 73 of Far South Mindanao Region.
They surrendered to South Cotabato Police Mobile Force Company (SCPMFC), Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB)-12, 42nd Special Action Company, maneuver Company of Regional Mobile Force Battalion-12, 5th Special Forces Battalion, and 40th Infantry Battalion at the hinterlands of Brgys. Kalkam and Lunen both of Tupi Municipality in South Cotabato with the support of Municipal Task Force-Tupi to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC).
They turned in 2 homemade 12-gauge shotguns, 1 homemade shotgun, 1 improvised M79 grenade launcher, 1 caliber .38 revolver, 1 fragmentation grenade with magazines and ammunition.
The surrenderers were given 52 food packs through the initiative of the local government of Tupi headed by Mayor Romeo Tamayo during the conduct of Joint Intel Driven Internal Security Operation through a lecture about National Task Force- End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and the benefits of Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
Further, the surrenderers were brought to Tupi MPS for profiling and validation by concerned agencies for them to be enrolled to E-CLIP and other programs of the government.
“The intercession of the local officials, the military, the police and the MTF-ELCAC have been a great help with increasing numbers of rebel returnees and addressed the communist insurgencies in the region,” said Joint Task Force Central Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon.
Last June 12 on the commemoration of Independence Day, 34 former CTG members surrendered to government in Norala, South Cotabato.