The operating troops of Joint Task Force (JTF) Central has captured and rescued a wounded NPA member in Sultan Kudarat on December 31.
“Based on the report, while our troops from the 38th Infantry Battalion were scouring the area in Sitio Upper Compac, Barangay Baglas of the municipality of Palimbang they rescued an unidentified wounded person at around 3:45 p.m. yesterday, December 31,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) commander Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, Jr. said.
“During the initial interview it was revealed that the said person is Elmer Lasib, a.k.a Billy/Ka Bodo/Ka Bogs, the former West Front Commanding Officer of GF Musa, Far South Mindanao Region of the Communist Terrorist Group,” Lieutenant General Vinluan noted.
Philippine Army 603rd Infantry Brigade commander Colonel Eduardo Gubat has said that first aid was immediately provided to the said personality who is now in stable condition.
“He is temporarily placed under the custody of the 37th Infantry Battalion for further investigation,” Colonel Gubat said.
“The military assists even the worst enemy of the state in times when they need it the most,” said Major General Juvymax Uy, JTS Central commander. “We strictly abide with the International Humanitarian Law in all our operations.”