THE government aims to dismantle the remaining weakened guerilla fronts of the communist terrorist group within 2024.
Usec. Ernesto Torres Jr., the Executive Director of NTF-ELCAC, expressed confidence that under the cohesive leadership of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the communist terrorist groups or CTGs’ influence in the Philippines will be completely eliminated.
“In due time, the NTF-ELCAC through the cohesive leadership of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. the scourge of the CTGs in our country will be totally eliminated. We strongly believe that all the weakened guerrilla fronts will be dismantled within this year,” according to Usec. Ernesto Torres Jr., Executive Director, NTF-ELCAC.
This statement follows an encounter between terrorists and the military in Borongan, Eastern Samar, on January 6, resulting in the death of a high-ranking NPA leader identified as Martin Colima alias Moki.
The Philippine Army recognized Moki as the Secretary of the sub-regional committee (SRC) Sesame of the NPA in Eastern Visayas.
The 78th Infantry Battalion received reports from residents about the presence of NPA in Barangay San Gabriel, engaging in extortion activities.
The military revealed that Moki’s group was preparing to attack the Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit and former colleagues who returned to the fold of the government.
Moki was held responsible for masterminding an ambush on a major highway in Libuton Village, Borongan City, on December 13, 2019, resulting in the death of a police officer and three civilians, with numerous others injured, including minors.
And now, with Moki’s death, Usec. Torres hopes that the remaining members of the terrorist group will reconsider and avail themselves of the government’s amnesty program.
“The death of Martin Colima alyas Moki, top leader of the New People’s Army’s (NPA) subcommittee in Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC), during combat operations by Army troops last Saturday in Eastern Samar should serve as an eye-opener for the remaining insurgents to lay down their arms, peacefully surrender and avail the government’s amnesty program,” Torres added.
Injured soldier in Borongan City encounter receives medal
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Noel Vestuir, Commander of the 802nd Infantry Brigade, 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, personally awarded the Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM) to a soldier stationed in the 78th Infantry Battalion. The soldier sustained injuries during the encounter with members of the CPP-NPA-NDF near Brgy. San Gabriel, Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
BGen. Vestuir commended the courage and actions of the injured soldier and the officials of the 78th Infantry Battalion.
“It is with great pride that I commend the tireless efforts of officers and troops of the 78th Infantry Battalion, who have acted immediately to the information given by the locals. The same goes for our wounded personnel injured in this encounter,” said BGen. Noel Vistuir, Commander, 802nd Infantry Brigade, PA.
NTF-ELCAC continues to urge the remaining members and associates of Moki to surrender peacefully and abandon the futile armed struggle to avoid the same fate as their leader.
“The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) call on the remaining members of Colima’s group to peacefully surrender and abandon the senseless armed struggle so as not to suffer the same fate like what happened to their leader,” Torres added.