701st Infantry Brigade Neutralized the Commander of the NPA’s Regional Sentro de Gravidad (RSDG) (this is the main armed force of NPA) of the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
Mati City, Davao Oriental through the successful combat operation of the 67th Infantry Battalion headed by its Commander LTC EDWIN PIA INF (GSC) PA, one of its Operationally Controlled Battalion, the 701st Infantry (Kagitingan) Brigade, neutralized Joedel C. Virtudazo Aka Jervy/Janjalani, Commander of the RSDG, NEMRC of the NPA. A firefight ensued between the troops of 67IB against a group of the NPA’s RSDG at 10:45 on the evening of November 18, 2023, at Sitio Latay, Brgy Marfil, Rosario, Agusan del Sur. One (1) R4 rifle, a backpack, and subversive documents were recovered from the slain Communist Terrorist.
BGEN OLIVER C MAQUILING PA, 701st Brigade Commander said “Another life is lost due to a senseless ideology. We should endeavor to stop this senseless fighting among Filipinos by coming together and helping resolve issues being undertaken by the nations and respective Local Government Units Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. Hence, we are calling on all remaining communist insurgents to lay down their arms and cooperate with the government. With a unified effort we can have a much-improved nation for all Filipinos”, BGEN MAQUILING added.