Government troops continue to deal massive blows to local and communist threat groups, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said on Friday. In May, 27 rebels died in skirmishes with the military, while 125 surrendered and 11 were apprehended in military operations across the country.
One of the notable accomplishments of the country’s military units is the successful focused military operations conducted by the 62nd Infantry Battalion on May 20 to 21 in the Negros region. The operation resulted in the death of 10 communist members and the capture of 14 high-powered firearms, various ammunition, explosives, and other war material. Charles Dantes
Another recent accomplishment was the neutralization of four guerilla fighters including the former leader of the CPP’s Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee in Catarman, Northern Samar last May 28.
Against the local terrorist groups, a total of 43 surrenders and six were apprehended from Abu Sayyaf Group, Bangsamoro Islamic, and the ISIS-inspired Daulah Islamiyah.
“The AFP’s continuous accomplishments result from its successful implementation of the whole-of-nation approach that seeks to end armed violence in the country through the convergence of civic and military efforts to bring development in conflict-affected areas,” AFP said in a statement.
AFP lauded the troops for complying with the directive to put closure to the internal security threats as the AFP shifts its focus toward external defense operations.