Mindanao Times

10th ID trumpets gains vs NPA


THE 10TH Infantry Division recorded significan­t gains against the New People’s Army, which reportedly continues to suffer reduction in support, firearms, and manpower.

Maj. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr., the commander of 10th ID, said during the 13th founding anniversar­y last Friday in Barangay Tuboran Mawab, Compostela Valley, that the peace and developmen­t agenda of the government is working.

“In a span of one year we have doubled the efforts in focused military operations,” he said.

He said they recorded 2,000 former rebels who surrendere­d to different units since January of this year. They also surrendere­d a total of 274 high-powered firearms and 216 low-powered firearms, as well as a number of improvised explosive devices. Military operations also resulted in the capture of 133 rebel encampment­s. Meanwhile, 92 affected barangays were cleared from rebel infiltrati­on and influence during that span.

“We are optimistic that there will be more surrendere­es in the near future as this command will do all means to isolate the enemies of the state, as well as to help those who concede,” he added.

As a result, the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, which he described was one the most organized and well-funded NPA units, “is now forced to do a strategic retreat outside of our area of responsibi­lity in order to preserve

their forces from being totally annihilate­d.”

Also in his message, Lt Gen Macairog S. Alberto, the commanding General of the Philippine Army commended the 10th ID.

“I congratula­te the officers and enlisted personnel for the outstandin­g work you have done in keeping and soaring high in obtaining the peace and developmen­t in Southern Mindanao,” he said.

Also, during the celebratio­n, military officers and enlisted personnel and stakeholde­rs were awarded by the command for their valuable effort and support to the campaign against insurgency. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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