1003 rd IB lauded for dismantling NPA sub-regional group

For dismantling a sub-regional committee (SRC) of the New People’s Army (NPA) last month, the members of the Philippine Army’s 1003rd Infantry Brigade of the 10th Infantry Division received commendations from Gen. Andres Centino, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), who personally visited them on Wednesday.

Centino also congratulated the troop for neutralizing NPA leaders Jorge Madlos alias Ka Oris, Menardo Villanueva alias Bok, and other top leaders of the communist group.

“I make it a point to reach out, to see for myself the situation of our troops. As a commander and Chief of Staff, I take it upon myself to personally rally our troops and lead from the front,” Centino said during his visit while encouraging the troops not to let their guards down.

The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) confirmed last month that they have dismantled NPA’s SRC 5, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee after 12 of its top-ranking leaders surrendered on January 13.

Eastmincom commander Lt. Gen. Greg Almerol said those who surrendered were defeated in an encounter with government soldiers in the hinterlands of Sitio Minalong in Barangay Kahusayan, Kitaotao town in Bukidnon.

Almerol identified the NPAs who surrendered as Ida Marie Montero alias Mandy, secretary and member of Komiteng Tagapagpaganap/Komiteng Kalihiman and Finance Officer; team leader Gerome Chucas alias Rob; Renato Lubguban alias Jose, deputy secretary and commanding officer of the Sub-Regional Operational Command; Lauret Tumbasay alias Wena, medic; Lito Taluwa alias Lito, acting commanding officer; Enrico Caramat alias Marco, political instructor; Rudy Saballa alias Egor, military adviser and former commanding officer of the dismantled Guerrilla Front 56; Analisa Panduma alias Analiza, supply officer; and Claudia Balite alias Claudia, giyang pulitika.

Those who surrendered also include Milisyang Bayan members Dioneng Mansugal alias Bansilan, Catalino Mansugal alias Wolok, and Simo Mansugal alias Batugal.

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