DAVAO CITY – The Army's 10th Infantry Division (10ID) has dismantled 11 New People’s Army (NPA) guerilla units in southern Mindanao and achieved an insurgency-free status for Davao Region last year.
Maj. Gen. Nolasco Mempin, 10ID commander, acknowledged the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 11 (RTF-ELCAC), partner stakeholders and the people of Southern Mindanao for the successful anti-insurgency campaign.
"The defeat of the communist NPA in Southern Mindanao is irreversible. The former rebels and those rescued, along with the Davaoeños, are united in their efforts to end the over five decades of communist insurgency in the area,” Mempin said in a statement Thursday.
Last year, the 10ID said it managed to break up four guerilla fronts, four sub-regional committees (SRCs) and the three NPA sub-regional guerilla units – all under the Regional Sentro De Grabidad of the Regional Operations Command (ROC).
Around 34 encounters transpired in the 10ID area of responsibility that led to the neutralization of 445 NPA rebels – 19 killed, 27 captured and 399 surrendered.
Of the neutralized NPA rebels, 28 were high-ranking NPA leaders such as GF3 secretary Maximo Catarata alias SM; Leo Lacumbo, commanding officer of the ROC and GF2 secretary Rosefel Movera alias Dandan.
The 10ID also recovered 307 NPA firearms composed of various calibers.
Mempin said the "most significant victory of the 10ID and the Dabawenyos" was the declaration of the Davao Region as insurgency-free in October 2022. (PNA)