JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
Two communist terrorist group (CTG) members were arrested by the government forces in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur last September 21.
While conducting blocking and checkpoint operations following an encounter in Barangay Marangan, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, combined elements of Midsalip Municipal Police Station (MPS) and 53rd Infantry Battalion apprehended two personalities believed to be members/supporters of the CTG who allegedly escaped from the encounter site bringing along with them assorted war materiel, supplies, and garments.
“The apprehended personalities were identified as Jaymar Balaas Bellano and Gemma Donsalo Ayas, all of legal age and residents of Purok 2, Barangay Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur,” said Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander.
Seized from the duo’s possession were: cash worth P6,400.00, and other personal belongings.
“We relentlessly conduct focused and civil-military operations to eradicate all threats here in the Zamboanga Peninsula and the Lanao provinces,” said Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, JTF ZamPeLan Commander.
Bellano and Ayas were brought to Midsalip MPS for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.
Meanwhile, the cadaver of the CTG member killed during the encounter in Dumingag was turned-over to LGU Dumingag headed by Mayor Joan Abejuela for proper disposition. Said individual was identified as Bernie Nuñez, a.k.a. Gogo, the political guide of the group.
“This commendable accomplishment is attributed to our gallant soldiers, our police counterparts, and the peace-loving people of Zamboanga del Sur,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Let us continue to converge all our efforts to eliminate terrorism and lawlessness here in Western and Central Mindanao,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. added. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL