A LEADER of the NPA terrorists was captured after a 10-minute firefight against joint AFP and PNP forces in Gloria, Oriental Mindoro on Friday morning.
The government forces also recovered one M16 rifle, one caliber .45 pistol, hand grenade, ammunition, IED components, personal effects and enemy documents with high intelligence value when the encounter at Bgy. Buong Lupa ended.
According to the military, the combined forces of soldiers and policemen were able to track and engage the NPA terrorists through information given by the locals that a group of NPAs were extorting and coercing them to “share” the DSWD’s social amelioration program and 4Ps cash aid distribution following the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Brigadier General Antonio Lastimado, Commander of 203rd Brigade, said “this successful military operation is among the many indicators that the NPA terrorists are no longer welcome in the region.”
He identified the captured terrorist as Lordan Malucon alias Jandie who, according to informants from within the terrorists’ group, is the Vice Platoon Leader of Platun Dos under the NPA’s Sub Regional Military Area 4D operating in Oriental Mindoro.
He expressed his gratitude to the people of Mindoro for their "unwavering trust and support to the soldiers which led to the communist terrorists’ inability to recover their lost mass base in the region thereby making their defeat in this part of the country very imminent."