TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- MGen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID), has directed the newly-assumed commander of 36th Infantry "Valorian" Battalion (36IB), Philippine Army, to clear the Communist New People's Army Terrorists (CNTs) in his area of operation during the change of command ceremony held at the 36IB headquarters in Barangay Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur.
Lt. Col. Jezreel Diagmel assumed as the new commander of 36IB after Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad turned-over his responsibility last October 4, 2019. Lt. Col. Diagmel is the 29th commander to man the Valorian troopers.
"I am directing you (Lt. Col. Diagmel) to clear the CNTs within your area of operation," said MGen Gacal.
He also said that he does not want that the CNT will celebrate its anniversary in the province. It can be recalled that the province has been the venue of the CNT in the previous anniversary celebrations.
"I do not want the communist terrorists to be able to celebrate any anniversary in your area of responsibility (AOR)... Do not allow them to disturb the peace of the people and conduct atrocities," said MGen. Gacal.
MGen. Gacal has also reminded the troopers to always uphold the rule of law.
Meanwhile, during the time of the then commander Lt. Col. Trinidad, the battalion participated in the conduct of 14 brigade initiated operations, 33 battalion-initiated operations, and 106 company initiated operations. Those initiatives led to 32 successful encounters against the CNT that resulted in the four enemies killed and recovery of 52 firearms, 23 anti-personnel mines, and the discovery of 21 CNT hideouts.
Under the leadership of Lt. Col. Trinidad, 14 Community Support Programs (CSP) operations have already launched. There were also 14 CNT infested barangays that were cleared and validated. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)