EIGHTEEN communist terrorist group (CTG) members, four of whom were high-ranking leaders, were neutralized by the 4th Infantry Division for the month of June 2022.

On June 17, 2022, CTG members Sarwin Ellonor Villamor and his wife Jesel Bato Salahay surrendered to the 65th Infantry Battalion (IB) at Mahaba, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.

Both of them operated in the hinterlands of Agusan Del Norte and Agusan Del Sur. Recovered from them were one cal. 45 pistol and ammunition.

On June 14, a pregnant rebel identified as Charmaine Ravelo Coquilla surrendered to the 36th IB in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte.

According to Coquilla, she chose to surrender since she wants her incoming child to live a peaceful life. Her partner, Dexter Umba, also a CTG member, was killed in an encounter on April 14, 2022.

On June 9, Raymart Untua surrendered to the 3rd Special Forces Battalion based in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, while on June 10, Zeth Melloria surrendered to the 30th Infantry Battalion in Bacuag, Surigao del Norte.

Untua revealed an arms cache that led to the recovery of two 5.56mm Rifles and one M203 40mm Grenade Launcher.

On June 8, two Militia ng Bayan members surrendered to the 65th IB. They also revealed an arms cache which contained two M16 Rifles with magazines and several ammunition at the hinterlands of Barangay Tagbongabong, Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan Del Norte.

On June 6, 11 remnants of a CTG splinter group operating in Bukidnon surrendered with their seven firearms to the 1st Special Forces Battalion in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

According to the military report, since January 2022, there had been 110 surrenderers yielding 76 firearms, totaling to 2,321 the number of surrendered CTGs in the AO, with a significant number already enrolled in the E-CLIP program since 2016.

Major General Wilbur Mamawag, the 4ID commander, called for the other rebels to lay down their arms.

"They should go back to their families, avail of government programs such as the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), and lead peaceful lives,” Mamawag said.