10th ID notices insurgency downtrend in AOR

DAVAO CITY, April 19 (PIA) - The Philippine Army Division which covers the whole of Davao Region, part of Sarangani, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Bukidnon, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur noticed a downtrend in rebel activities on the first quarter of 2021.

Major Jerry Lamosao, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Brigade bared that since January this year, they have accounted five encounters with the rebels with the recovery of several high powered firearms and improvised explosive device.

He said the number of New People’s Army rebels, and sympathizers has dwindled since the Executive Order No. 70 was operationalized with the assistance of line-government agencies through a whole-of-nation-approach. 

Lamosao revealed that from 2016 up to the present, the Army recorded the unprecedented surrender of regular rebel forces and sympathizers at 2,000 in 2018, and more than a thousand in 2021. 

“We see a downtrend in the number of surrenders, and it was revealed by former rebels that they could no longer withstand their difficult situation, internal stripes like corruption in the organization and the concern of their leaders in their financial status in terms of proceeds from extortion activities, broken promises like familial support,” he said. 

Lamosao said former rebels saw the sincerity of the Duterte Administration in helping them get out of the sad situation of being duped by the communist movement. 

He said that from 12 guerrilla fronts in Davao Region, the rebel organization is now down to three weakened guerrilla fronts, a platoon size of fighters moving in the boundaries while more or less 20 pulang bagani companies are still active.  

Lamosao said their total strength is two hundred but dispersed in Davao Region. 

Surrendered rebel firearms 

He maintained this group could hardly withstand the military combat operation from time to time, since the military forces can easily be deployed once there are complaints on rebel presence like recruitment and teach-ins. 

Lamosao said there is really an effort by the rebels to discredit anew the government. 

In reality, he said the rebel forces within the areas of the 10th Infantry Division are waning with all agencies helping the military in implementing the EO 70 side by side with the people, government and nongovernment organizations. 

Captain Rose Aguilar, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office bared that the police show support to the efforts of the Army in responding to the insurgency problem through the enhanced pulis sa barangay program. 

She said the police also maintain their presence both in geographically isolated and depressed areas and the urban centers, to help them communicate their basic problems to concerned line-agencies and to maintain police visibility in the urban center to deter crime.  (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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