By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The Community Support program (CSP) implemented by the Army’s 66th Infantry (Kabalikat) Battalion (66th IB) brought another significant development in the continuing campaign with 194 Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members and 31 assorted Low Powered Firearms (LPFAs) surrendered in Compostela Valley (ComVal) province last week.
Capt. Jerry S. Lamosao, chief Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (10th ID) said on Monday, this significant development is the result of a diligent conduct of CSP operations and a purposive information operation during the organized “pulong-pulong” dubbed as mass surrender campaign last Thursday.
“The 66th IB is inching its way towards the realization of the unit’s mission and such accomplishments boost the morale of ‘Kabalikat’ troops in delivering results towards the accomplishment of the unit’s mission,” Capt. Lamosao said.
UGMO is the political and mass-based structure of the CPP-NPA underground movement at the local level.
The intensified Focused Military Operations (FMO) launched by the 66th IB also prompted the number of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) to go drastically down, the 10th ID PAO chief said.
Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement, commanding general of the Army’s Southern Mindanao 10th “Agila” Division commended the exemplary accomplishment of the 66th IB.
“You have gone this far of dismantling Guerilla Front 27 (GF27), downgrading GF25, KRM and other UGMOs surrendered but the best is yet to come; that is when all our brothers and sisters who continue to bear arms against the Republic will lay their arms and embrace peace,” the 10th ID chief said, in a statement.
“I recognize the mettle of every Kabalikat troopers for another significant milestone despite all odds. This is a clear manifestation of your high motivation in performing your duties. I believe that having these achievements will make everyone proud to belong in your unit. Let us remain strong, continue winning and always remember why we are here. Why? Because this is our calling, and we are bound to protect peace at all cost,” Maj. Gen. Clement added.