By Mike U. Crismundo
Camp Bancasi, Butuan City – Field unit commanders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday disclosed that communist-New People’s Army (NPA) regulars and their mass base supporters and followers continue to surrender to them in order to live a peaceful life.
Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement, commanding general of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (10th ID) also revealed that the NPA terrorists are already tired of hiding and evading the troops who are relentlessly pursuing them.
On Tuesday, a squad commander of SYP 2-SRC 2 of guerilla-Front Committee 2 and another regular member of his unit voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 28th Infantry Battalion in the vicinity of Poblacion, Pantukan, Compostela Valley (ComVal) province. The two NPAs also yielded two handcuffs, improvised grenades, improvised explosive devices and 82 pieces of explosives (Super dyne), he said.
“They were convinced by their relatives to surrender in order to live a peaceful life. Their surrender was recorded in the blotter of the Lupon Police Station and they were brought to the Lupon Health Center to undergo medical exam,” Clement said. He added that the returnees are undergoing custodial debriefing at the headquarters of 28th IB.
“The two surrenderees made the right decision when they surrendered and brought along with them their explosives. With this, the terrorists’ planned atrocities are preempted. We are grateful to the people who answered our call to encourage their relatives and members of their families who are struggling already in the hands of NPA terrorists,” Maj. Gen. Clement said.
On Monday, five regular CPP-NPA terrorists, among them a team leader, also voluntarily surrendered to the 25th IB under Lt. Col. Oscar B. Balignasay Jr. at Camp Kalaw, in Monkayo town of that same province, said 10th ID Spokesperson Capt. Jerry S. Lamosao.
He said the surrenderees were all regular members of Primera, Baking Force-SDG of guerilla-Front Committee 25 of the CPP-NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.
“They are also tired of hiding, running and evading the government troops who relentlessly pursue them,” Lamosao said.
Also on Monday, six unarmed mass-base supporters of the NPA also voluntarily surrendered to 71st IB commander Lt. Col. Esteyven Ducusin in Purok 8, Barangay Nueva Visayas, Mawab town of that same province, Capt. Lamosao said.
All the NPAs who yielded their firearms will be given cash money aside from the livelihood program that will be extended to them under the government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).