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JTFD to increase Operational Tempo for CTG's total downfall, Highlights Significant Accomplishment

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - The 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division Commander, Major General Jose Maria R. Cuerpo II, has directed the whole Joint Task Force Diamond (JTFD) to increase its operational tempo for the total downfall of the communist terrorist group (CTG) during the 2nd Quarter Campaign Progress Review and Assessment (CPRA) and Command Conference on July 11, 2023. The quarterly conference was participated by all Brigade and Battalion Commanders, along with other Officers under JTFD, some through video-teleconferencing (VTC) and via face-to-face held at the Alcoseba Hall, Headquarters of 4ID, Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City. During the conference, the JTFD campaign progress and accomplishments for 2nd Quarter this year were presented and discussed. Noteworthy is the sustained reduction of manpower and firearms of the CTG as well as the remarkable decrease of the CTG's non-violent activities and initiated violent incidents since January 2023. 4ID, through its line units, has registered a total of 58 armed encounters against the CTG from January 1 to June 30, 2023, which resulted in the neutralization of 29 CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) either captured, apprehended, or died during encounters.

Moreover, 158 High-Powered Firearms and 22 Low Powered Firearms were captured. The sustained military offensives have also proven to weaken the enemy's will to fight, brought by the fear of life and lack of logistical and mass support resulting in the surrender of 135 CTG members.

Meanwhile, through the intensified intelligence operations, the CTG's attempt to increase manpower, regain mass bases, and reinvigorate their resource generation through recruitment and extortion activities have been foiled by the neutralization of 18 high-value individuals (HVIs) and finance officers, thereby cutting off logistical and financial resources and preventing recruitment.

Among the neutralized CTG HVIs for the period were Emmanuel B Anub Sr alias Salem, Execom Member and Secretary of Guerilla Front 21 (GF21), Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) Westland, NEMRC; Alberto Castaneda alias Justine, Commanding Officer (CO) of Sandatahang Yunit Pamproganda 16C (SYP16C), WGF16, SRC Northland, NEMRC; Chen Pableo Castaneda alias Freka, Finance Officer/Political Instructor, SYP16C, WGF16, SRC Northland, NEMRC; Billy Pandigan Uno alias Jimboy, CO of Regional Sentro de Gravidad (RSDG) of NEMRC; and Nicolas Mabanta Francisco Jr alias Chong, CO of Sentro De Gravidad 16 (SDG16), WGF16, SRC Northland, NEMRC; Ruel A Maglasang alias DO/Dali, Execom Member/Vice Commanding Officer of Regional Operations Command (ROC) and Head, Partisan Training NEMRC; Grecyl Y Paraguirre alias Rubi/Racquel, Secretary of GF30, NEMRC; Lino Atipan Namatidong alias Dahon, CO of HQF NEO, ROC, NCMRC; and Reyna Nanganlag Namatidong alias Miray, Regional Staff, Education/Propaganda of ROC, NCMRC. In his message, MGen Cuerpo II emphasized his command guidance to the JTFD units to ensure the defeat of the remaining CTG formations by maximizing innovations to destroy the CTG's capabilities, ensuring decisive engagements and intensifying efforts in sustaining activities that will prevent the resurgence of threats to cleared areas and dismantled CTG "Focus all your efforts to ensure that you get a decisive engagement, or if not, endeavor for a decisive surrender. We shall end the fight and finish the CTG no matter what, provide our people peaceful and resilient communities."


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