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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

62 rebels from Cordillera and Cagayan Valley surrendered

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Around 62 members of the Communist Terrorist Groups operating in Cagayan Valley and Cordillera surrendered from January to April 2022, the 5th Infantry Division disclosed in a report.

42 are members of the underground movement, 8 are regular armed members, and 12 are New People’s Army detailed in the barrios. All the 62 later took their oath of allegiance to the government.

In its pursuit to end insurgency in the Cordillera and the Cagayan Valley region, 13 intensive and strategically focused military operations were launched against the remaining rebels in both regions.

Six of the 13 operations resulted in an armed encounter between the military and the communist terrorist groups. One of which resulted in the death of three high-ranking leaders of the Komiteng Probinsiya Cagayan.

A staff member of the Kilusan sa Lungsod at Sentrong Bayan, Regional White Area Committee was also arrested in one of the operations.

Apart from these, three NPA hideouts were discovered by authorities from January to date through the help of former rebels and the communities. Additionally, 31 high-powered guns; 10 low-powered firearms; several ammunition, magazines, explosives, and personal belongings of the rebels were seized.

5th Infantry Division Commander, Major General Laurence Mina expressed commitment to endeavor to end the atrocities of the CTGs in the Cagayan Valley and Cordillera by the end of the second quarter of 2022.

“Let our accomplishments speak for our success in our campaign for peace and development. For the past five decades, the CTGs have been inflicting havoc in our country but we will end their atrocities within the 2nd quarter of this year. We will make it happen together with the help of the different government agencies, Local Government Units, stakeholders, Non-Government Organizations, Former Rebels, and the strong support of the people,” he stressed in a statement.



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