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NOLCOM’s major success for the first quarter of 2023: seizing 42 firearms, 38 explosive devices, and shattering communist terrorist network


Camp Aquino, Tarlac City May 22, 2023- Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) under the leadership of LTGEN FERNYL G BUCA PAF has achieved significant milestones in countering Communist terrorism in the Northern Luzon region from January 01, 2023, to the present.

In recent operations, NOLCOM has reported the neutralization of six Communist terrorists; the apprehension of three; the arrest of one; the surrender of two while two others are identified as lie-low members. Moreover, 158 mass base supporters of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNT) have withdrawn their support of the terrorist movement.

Additionally, the Command has recovered a total of 21 high-powered firearms, 21 low-powered firearms, and 38 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from the terrorist group.

These accomplishments were made possible through the tireless efforts and dedication of the troops under the leadership of LTGEN FERNYL G BUCA PAF.

The Commander, NOLCOM expressed his appreciation for the bravery and commitment of the troops involved in the operations. He emphasized that the success of these operations is a testament to the Northern Luzon Command’s unwavering commitment to the safety and security of the people in the region. He also emphasized the contribution of stakeholders in the accomplishment of this pursuit.


“The dedication and hard work of our soldiers, in coordination with other government agencies and local communities, have led to these significant achievements in our efforts to fully end communist armed conflict in the areas of North and Central Luzon,” he said.

The operations were conducted with the use of intelligence-driven strategies, and the cooperation of the Philippine National Police (PNP), other government agencies under the National Taskforce to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), and the local populace.

The Commmander, NOLCOM also credited the Command’s community engagement efforts, which have fostered stronger ties between the military and local communities.

“The withdrawal of support from the CNT mass base supporters is a testament to our community engagement efforts, and we will continue to work closely with the local government units, agencies, NTF-ELCAC and stakeholders to further address the root causes of the Communist insurgency and decimate it as soon as possible,” LTGEN Buca added.


Under LTGEN BUCA’s leadership, NOLCOM has intensified its operations against Communist Terrorism while simultaneously addressing the needs of the communities in the Northern Luzon region in collaboration with LGUs and other stakeholders. The Command’s accomplishments are a clear manifestation of the government’s efforts to achieve lasting peace and development in the Northern Regions.

Overall, this is another milestone in NOLCOM’s pursuit to develop a Jointly Engaged SMART FORCE.

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