Ending Insurgency

Army’s 53IB Captures Four High-Powered Firearms, Neutralizes NPA Terrorist in ZamboSur Clash

Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry (MATAPAT) Battalion captured four high-powered firearms and neutralized one NPA terrorist in a clash at Barangay Marangan, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, Monday morning, September 21, 2020.

The neutralized NPA terrorist was identified as alias “GOGO,” who is believed to be a member of the Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC).

The 25-minute firefight also resulted to the capture of one M16 rifle bearing serial number  RP247148; one m16 rifle attached with M203 grenade launcher with serial numbers, 4389085 and A00330, respectively; 1 AK47 assault rifle bearing CZ 858TAC-4V; 1 rifle grenade, 1 Improvised Explosive Device (IED), and assorted personal belongings, food supplies, medical paraphernalia, and terrorist propaganda materials.

In a statement, 53rd IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said that the encounter is a fruit of Dumingag’s Counterinsurgency Action Plan dubbed as “OPLAN AMUMA.”

“We attribute this success to the cooperation and commitment of the government, local and barangay officials of Dumingag – through their counterinsurgency action plan ‘AMUMA’, we are now one step closer to achieving peace,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.

Last August, the Municipal Government of Dumingag launched a counterinsurgency action plan dubbed as OPLAN “AMUMA” to address the insurgency and terrorism in its municipality. Dumingag town is long treated by Communist-Terrorist Groups (CTGs) as their safe haven.

Meanwhile, Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, who has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga Peninsula, said that this encounter is a proof of the Brigade’s intensified efforts against NPA terrorists in Dumingag town.

“We hope through our intensified efforts, peace will be finally achieved in Dumingag – formerly a known safe heaven of NPA terrorists for a very long time, but now an active commmunity in the fight against terrorism” said Brig. Gen. Nicolas.

Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, Army’s 1st Infantry Division Commander, said in his statement that now is the best time for the NPAs to surrender to the folds of the law and avail of the government programs and initiatives.

“There is no future in the NPA organization, you could either be killed or live a life always running or evading the government forces,” said Maj. Gen. Ponio.

“Your government is sincere in its programs and we will assure that your surrender will make you progressive or productive citizen”, he added.

The troops are still pursuing the withdrawing NPA terrorists as of this posting.

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