CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - The communist terrorist group (CTG) continues to spiral towards its inevitable end as another top NPA leader was neutralized and six (6) high-powered firearms and various war materiel were seized by the troops from the 8th Infantry "Dependable" Battalion under the operational control of the 403rd Infantry Brigade of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division at So Lagaslasan, Barangay Kulaman, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. 8IB Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Anthony A Bacus disclosed that after receiving information from concerned civilians that this criminal would usually use to bring provisions into the area of operations, they launched a Focus Military Operations (FMO), which resulted in an armed clash against more or less ten CPP-NPA criminals (CNTs) in the morning of August 23. “The 10 minutes of firefight led to the unfortunate demise of one CTG criminal and the seizure of two (2) M16 Rifles, two (2) M653 Carbine Rifles, two (2) M203 Grenade Launchers, one (1) anti-personnel mine, various terrorist materials, medical paraphernalia, and assorted personal belongings,” Lt. Col. Bacus said. The lone fatality was identified as Christopher Tingkayan alias Mojen/Gamot, 23 years old, the so-called Commanding Officer of Headquarters Force NEO, Regional Operations Command (ROC) of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC). He was identified by Jimboy Tingkayan alias Jovan, his half-brother and a former rebel who recently surrendered to 8IB. Mojen’s group was once considered as the stronghold of the so-called Regional Sentro De Gravidad (RSDG) of NCMRC. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Michele B Anayron Jr, Commander of 403rd Brigade stated that CTG's presence in the area is an indication that the dwindling criminal group is on a desperate move to recruit and extort resources from the people and continue their income generation scheme, especially as the Barangay and Sanggunian Kabatan Election draws near. “It is unfortunate that the CTG continues to sacrifice the lives of their members to pursue their criminal agenda. We are once again saddened by the loss of life of our fellow Filipinos. With this, we assure the people of Bukidnon that their Army will not allow criminals to continue threaten communities and robbed them of their hard-earned money. We vow to keep the peace and security in the area,” BGen Anayron Jr added. It can be noted that since the 3rd quarter of the year alone, twenty-one (21) CNTs were neutralized by 4ID troops, five of whom were killed in an encounter and sixteen voluntarily surrendered. Additionally, thirty-six (36) high-powered firearms and five (5) low-powered firearms were also captured. This accomplishment was highlighted by the neutralization of CTG's top leader Dionesio "Muling" Micabalo, the Regional Secretary of NCMRC, during an encounter with 4ID troops last July 26, 2023. In a statement, 4ID Commander Major General Jose Maria R Cuerpo II lauded the troops from 8IB and 403rd Brigade for the prompt action to secure the area of Malaybalay from the CTG planned atrocities. He said that the loss of life of another CNT is a reminder of the unfortunate consequences of fighting our government while underlining the successes of 4ID as a testament of the support of the people and the sustained convergence of efforts of different agencies under the whole of nation approach, the game-changer in finally ending the insurgency problem.
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