4 NPA-MB members yield to gov’t

Published March 20, 2018, 11:19 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Mike Crismundo

CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – Four alleged members of the New People’s Army-Milisya ng Bayan (NPA-MB) voluntarily surrendered to the 71st Infantry Battalion (71st IB) in Southern Mindanao region, Capt. Jerry S. Lamosao, chief of Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division told The Manila Bulletin late Monday afternoon.


These unarmed former NPA-MB members, all residents of Barangay Panoraon, in Maco town, Compostela Valley (ComVal) province, voluntarily gave themselves up and vowed to help the 71st IB peace and development program being implemented by the same unit, the 10th ID PAO chief said in a statement.

The 71st IB continued in conducting interviews to the surrenderers and they will be undergoing peace-building seminar together with those who surrendered ahead of them, Lamosao added.

Their identities are temporarily withheld for security reason.

Meanwhile, the 10th ID is optimistic in calling the attention of all remaining communist-terrorists and their supporters to surrender and give up their armed struggle.

“There are government programs that will help them have a better living condition,” said Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement, commanding general of the 10th ID.

“We are grateful to the people and the local government units for their support to our troops by not allowing the NPA terrorists to stay in their communities,” he said.

“Coddling of terrorists or criminals is punishable under existing laws,” the 10th ID chief added