The Palawan-based 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBDe) was recognized Tuesday with a Kapayapaan plaque and plaque of recognition by President Rodrigo Duterte during the 84th AFP Day celebration in Manila.
3rd MBDe commander Brig. Gen. Charlton Sean Gaerlan received the Kapayaan plaque and plaque of recognition for dismantling the Kilusang Larangang Guerilla (KLG)-North under the leadership of Vice Adm. Rene Medina of the Western Command (WESCOM) and the Provincial Task Force-Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) chaired by Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez.
The KLG-North was one of the two guerilla fronts of the NPA’s Bienvenido Vallever Command (BVC) provincial operational command in the Sub-Regional Military Area (SRMA) 4E.
KLG-North was declared cleared of NPA presence by the WESCOM and the local anti-insurgency task force following the arrest of SRMA 4E deputy provincial secretary and finance officer Domingo Ritas (Ka Tino) and the surrender of BVC commander Alimar Libuna Toting (Ka Allan).
“‘Yong Kapayapaan plaque kasi may criteria ‘yon. ‘Yon ‘yong pag-clear ng isang KLG. Ang isa sa parameters kasi is una, ‘yong dapat ma-degrade ‘yong armed group, tapos ma-clear ‘yong mga affected barangays, and No. 3, ‘yong organizations na gumagalaw doon ay hindi na nakakaapekto masyado at hindi na magagamit ng makakaliwa para mag-operate sa area,” Gaerlan said.
“In the case of Palawan, dalawa ang KLG — ‘yong north and south. However, dahil maraming nahuli at sumuko na mga key leaders, isang KLG na lang ang meron sa Palawan. Unlike before na parehong meron. Isa na lang ‘yong nag-o-operate na tinatawag nilang ‘centro de gravedad’,” he added.