CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS – The Philippine Army successfully destroyed the hideout of the CPP-NPA terrorists in the hinterland of Brgy. Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur on Saturday, August 21, after receiving a piece of reliable information from a concerned civilian and the Barangay Defense System (BDS) mobilization.
The combined troops of the 1st Field Artillery Battalion (1FAB), 97th Infantry Battalion (97IB), 42nd Infantry Battalion (42IB), and 53rd Infantry Battalion (53IB) pre-empted the terrorists’ atrocity in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged area.
The Army units continue to pursue the fleeing communist terrorists to protect the people of Brgy. Saad and the adjacent areas.
Saad Barangay Captain Jeffrey Señara expressed his utmost gratitude for the Army’s presence in the area and for keeping the people of Saad safe.
Also, Dumingag mayor and Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) chairperson Hon. Joan Abejuela said that the Dumingag LGU and MTF-ELCAC would continue supporting the Army to eradicate the NPA terrorists in the municipality.
Meanwhile, 97IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing said the Army would relentlessly pursue the NPA terrorists while strictly adhering to human rights and international humanitarian law.
“The Army will continue its mandate to bring peace so the people can sleep at night safe and sound, without the fear of communist terrorism,” said Boransing.
53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera also said that this is both the Army and LGU’s achievement, the fruit of the close convergence between the LGU and support from the community, and a manifestation of the community’s firm rejection of communist-terrorist ideology.
The 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas lauded Dumingag town’s counterinsurgency action plan dubbed “Oplan Amuma,” encouraging the NPAs who are still in the hinterlands to lay down their arms and return to the fold.
“This is clear proof that Oplan Amuma is working at full throttle. We encourage the NPAs still in the hinterlands to surrender, avail of the programs of the government, and start their lives anew,” said Nicolas.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Gene M. Ponio, the 1st Infantry Tabak Division commander and concurrent commander of JTF ZAMPELAN, commended the operating troops for another significant accomplishment.
“Let us pursue these NPA terrorists until they are left with no choice but to surrender. We are calling upon the remaining CPP-NPA terrorists to surrender peacefully and avail the programs of the government,” said Ponio.
Ponio added that the cooperation of the civilians who provided information to the Army units is a clear manifestation that they, too, aim toward living in peace with their families and witness a more progressive community.