CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (DWDD) – Spear Troopers belonging to 901st Infantry “Fight ‘Em” Brigade were re-deployed to the Southern Philippines to augment the forces operating in the Eastern Mindanao Command on February 15 to help crush the remaining Communist terrorists in North Eastern Mindanao or CARAGA region and Northern Mindanao region.
The new combat maneuvering brigade that was pulled out from Daraga, Albay arrived at the headquarters of the Army’s Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division (4th ID) in Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City.
They will be joining the other combat maneuvering battalions in crushing the NPA terrorists in the two regions in Mindanao. Late last year, the 88th Infantry Battalion (newly organized combat maneuvering battalion) and 65th Infantry Battalion that came from Marawi City were also deployed in the region to augment the 4th ID combat troops.
A simple Send Off Ceremony was held at Headquarters, Tactical Operations Group-5, Legaspi City to provide venue for the men and women of 9ID, stakeholders, and their dependents to bid farewell to the members 901Bde who have been the front-runners of peace and development in the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes.
According to reports, an estimated 900 to 1,000 communist terrorists are still hiding in the Mount Ilong-Ilong and nearby mountains down to Diwata ranges in Caraga region and Calabugao Valley, Mount Kalatungan and Mount Kitanglad in northern Mindanao region. The government has been winning it’s all-out war against the NPA, with the recent arrest of two high-ranking CPP-NPA officials and the continuous surrender of their armed regulars, supporters and sympathizers while defeating other guerilla fighters in the recent skirmishes in different highland and far-flung areas in the two regions in Mindanao. 9DPAO/MCAG