2 NPA Commanders, 4 members captured, high-powered firearms seized in MisOr

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – Troops of the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion conducted intelligence operations and captured two high-ranking Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) leaders and four members; and recovered firearms and ammunition at Barangay Umagos, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, October 14, 2021.

This joint law enforcement operation with PRO10, PNP is in relation to the encounter that transpired between the troops of 58IB and CTGs yesterday, October 13 as the troops simultaneously conducted several operations in pursuit to the fleeing Communist NPA Terrorists.

Authorities from the troops of 58IB and PNP acted quickly upon the verified information which resulted to the apprehension of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) leaders and its members, two of whom are 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 Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention.

The leaders apprehended were Jemar C Hilogon, alias Ivan/Siatam, Commander of Platoon Cherry Mobile, GF HUAWEI, Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1), North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC), 28 years old and a resident of Sitio Camanse, Brgy. Banglay, Lagonglong; Rubensito M Hilogon, alias Mikot/ Saluyan, Commander, Militia ng Bayan at Brgy Talusan, Balingasag, 50 years old, and a resident of Cornao, Lagonglong; Jobert C Hilogon, alias Janggo, member of Militia ng Bayan.

Other apprehended personalities were Alice Calimhay Hilogon, alias Amy, 31 yrs old, from Sitio Camanse, Brgy. Banglay, Lagonglong; Jocelyn Hilogon Cabusog, alias Ela, 50 yrs old, from Cornao, Lagonglong; and Reve Padla Cablas, 17 yrs old, a resident of Sitio Roa-roa, Brgy Umagos, Lagonglong, who is also a minor, a clear violation on International Humanitarian Law in utilizing minors as child soldiers.

Upon the conduct of tactical interview to Ivan, the Commander of Pltn Cherry Mobile, he revealed the location of their firearms at Sitio Roa-roa, Brgy Umagos, Lagonglong. Soon after this revelation, the troops immediately proceeded at the aforementioned location and captured the following high-powered firearms and items: one M14 rifle, one Garand rifle, one AK47 rifle, two rifle grenades, ten rounds of ammunition for AK45, ten rounds of 5.56MM, six rounds ammunition for M14, and three cellphones.

Meanwhile, 58IB Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ricky L Canatoy stated, “This is what I was talking about in the previous month that the capture of their top leaders will be a major setback for the armed group. SRC 1 is on the verge of collapsing, and we’re looking at completely penetrating all the surviving commanders and destroying their forces. So, to the remaining members, I implore you to return to the folds of the law right now. We guarantee your safety and that you will receive all benefits due to you under the government’s flagship program for rebel returnees. Now is the best time to come down while there is still time and opportunity. It’s simply a matter of time, especially now that we’re doubling down on our efforts to chase down peace breakers through focused military operations.”

The said captured NPA members were then brought to CMFC, Maharlika, Cagayan de Oro City for proper disposition and filing of cases.

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