2 NPA top leaders of NorMin, key members of SRC1 captured in MisOr

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – The joint troops of the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion (58IB) and 42MICO with PNP units of PRO 10 conducted intelligence operations and captured high-ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leaders and key members; and recovered firearms and ammunition at Barangay Alagatan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, September 16, 2021.

Authorities from the troops of 58IB and 42MICO acted quickly upon the verified information which resulted to the apprehension of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) leaders, two of whom are the top leaders and considered high value targets of Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1), North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC); also belonging to the Most Wanted Persons, with standing cases of three counts of murder and frustrated murder.

Manuelito Satur, alias Mosong/Estong, was the Secretary Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1), North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC), 56 years old and a resident of Barangay San Luis, Gingoog City. He was only 20 years old when he joined the armed group. He ascended through the ranks from there, finally becoming the secretary of SRC1. Merlyn Satur, alias Maya, was the Secretary of GF Huawei / Deputy Sec, SRC1, wife of Mosong, and a resident of Barangay Kibanban, Balingasag; Fidel Guinahon Romania, alias Johnson, was a Medical Staff of SRC1, NCMRC, from Barangay Umagos, Lagonglong; and Floramae Llagas Domo, alias Sayros, was also a Medical Staff, SRC1, NCMRC, from Barangay Quezon, Balingasag.

The same units also captured the following items: one M4 Rifle, one M203 Grenade launcher, one Cal 45 Pistol with magazine loaded with ammo, 40mm Grenade, 13 cellphones, power bank, SD cards, and subversive documents.

Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer, 58IB, shared the story behind this operation. “Two days ago, we were actually in Alagatan for the groundbreaking of the 1.5km farm to market road under the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP). Alagatan was among the NPA-cleared barangays last 2020, and we went there, together with the LGU and national agencies, to give service to the people. With this, the people of Alagatan saw the reality that the government is sincere in helping them for their community development. And I believe this is the reason why the people cooperated and reported NPA presence in their area. And for that, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the people who willingly shared this vital information.

This is a major setback for the group as its top leader and others were caught, based also on the standing warrant of arrests. With the capture of their leader, we expect the remaining members of SRC1 to willingly return to the folds of the law in the coming days. SRC 1 will eventually collapse, and it’s only a matter of time. Certainly, the remaining CNTs have low morale since they are constantly on the move, and our troops are always conducting operations.

They were brought to 58IB for the antigen test to ensure their safety; even though they are considered enemies of the state, they are still our fellow kababayans, so we ensure that they are given equal rights and that their health is taken care of; Mosong and Maya are both elderly, and their health is not ideal due to their lifestyle because they are always on the run. We will schedule their COVID vaccination later, in collaboration with the Claveria LGU.

My message to the remaining remnants of SRC1, you should not wait for the day when you, would be apprehended, like your commander, or worse, meet with the forces in an encounter and get killed. Please don’t wait for this day. All you have to do now is return to the folds of the law and not listen to the propaganda of your leaders. You can always approach your trustworthy local government official or the Army to express your submission to the government, and we will ensure that you will not be harmed nor killed, and that you can instead take advantage of the E-CLIP benefits and start living a worry-free life with your family. Especially now that the holiday season is approaching, it is always nicer to be with your families, despite the pandemic.” Lt. Col Canatoy ended.

Said personalities were brought to PNP Claveria for filing of cases.

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