Armed Forces of the Philippines-Eastern Mindanao Command reports 38 killed New People’s Army bandits and 72 recovered high-powered firearms since January 1, 2015 within EASTMINCOM area of responsibility. AFP-EASTMINCOM covers the Davao region, Caraga, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Sarangani, South Cotabato, North Cotabato and General Santos City.
“The key to defeating the insurgency rests on Eastern Mindanao units. We defeat it here, we defeat it nationwide,” EASTMINCOM Lieutenant General Aurelio Baladad said earlier this year.
“Although the CPP-NPA remains as a continuing challenge as we force them to abandon the armed struggle, as long as we sustain and are focused on the implementation of our campaign, we will be victorious,” Baladad added.
Success of operations against NPA can be attributed to closer coordination with civilian communities and intensified patrol work.