IPIL, ZSP – A Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) Leader was killed in a clash with government forces in Barangay Guinlin, Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur, Thursday morning, April 22, 2021.
The combined troops were conducting joint law enforcement operations and serving a warrant of arrest when they were fired upon by the remnants of the defunct Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) which prompted the troops to retaliate.
The firefight resulted to the death of alias NATHAN, former Political Instructor/Finance Officer/EXECOM member and a certain alias TITO, CTG member; and the capture of alias NANANG, former Vice-Political Instructor/EXECOM all from the defunct MRGU, WMRPC.
“Our troops on the ground will continue to intensify their pursuit operations to go after the fleeing terrorists” said Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander, 102nd Infatry Brigade, who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboang del Sur.
Alias Nathan (true name yet to be disclosed upon notification of nearest kin), has standing warrants of arrest for violation against RA 11479 (Anti-Terrorism Law); attempted murder and arson.
“We urge the public to continue to play their roles in this campaign to end local communist armed conflict by reporting to the authorities the presence of armed groups in their communities,” Brig. Gen. Nicolas added.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, Commander, 1st Infantry Division lauded the troops for the successful joint law enforcement operations against the CTG personalities.
“I commend the collaborative efforts of our security forces which has been strengthened by the Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support (PLEDS) Cluster under the Local Task Force – ELCAC,” said Maj. Gen. Ponio.
Also captured in the site were one (1) M16 attached with M203 Grenade Launcher, one (1) 9mm pistol, one (1) Cal .45 pistol, four (4) 40mm live ammunitions, four (4) magazines of M16 loaded with seventy-five (75) rounds of ammunitions and CTG Propaganda Materials.
“Our message to the remnants of WMRPC remains the same, return to the folds of law and have a chance to be with your families, or face the full force of the law,” said Maj. Gen. Ponio.
As of posting, troops are still facilitating the transport of the cadavers for turn over to their families.