By Glen S. Ramos

CAMP Siongco, Maguindanao – Another member of the dismantled Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) died in an encounter between terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) and government security forces in Barangay Midtungok, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 7:30 am.

603rd Infantry (Persuader) Brigade Commander, Colonel Michael Santos disclosed that they were confronted with more or less three (3) members believed to be remnants of the dismantled Guerilla Front Daguma East and West, Sub-Regional Command Daguma (SRC-Daguma), Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR) at the said place.

“The casualty identified as Kalisa Kumpow based on his identification card found and recovery of M16 rifle with one magazine loaded with ten (10) live ammunition on it”, Santos said.

The cadaver was brought by operating troops to the Community Support Program (CSP) Operators of Charlie Company under 7IB at Sitio Miagsong, Brgy. Baluan, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat for proper disposition. The cadaver of the slain CTG member was turned over to his family while the local government gave the necessary assistance to cater the needs.

Col. Santos also said that the use of violence will never resolve the problems and it will just make things complicated.

“The recent encounter that led to the untimely demise of one member of CTG believed to be remnant of dismantled Guerilla Front Daguma East and West will serve as a wake-up call for those remaining members who are still blinded by the wrong ideology”, he implied.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Eduardo Gubat, Acting Division Commander of 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division and Joint Task Force Central in a statement said, “As much as possible, we don’t want lives to be wasted, because we don’t want to see families suffer from the loss of their family members and loved ones.”

“Thus, I am making calls for the remaining members of the CTGs in the area to surrender and accept the programs and services being offered by the government”, he added.

For this year, 85 members of the CTG’s successfully surrendered and denounced their affiliations on the leftist group while five (5) died in the encounter including the recent casualty.

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