7 rebels surrender to PH Army in Agusan del Sur

Published November 8, 2018, 11:45 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Mike U. Crismundo

DATU LIPUS MAKAPANDONG, Awa, New Leyte, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – Another seven communist-New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs), two of them squad leaders, voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 75th Infantry (Marauder) Battalion (75th IB), bringing along with them their firearms in Sitio Cosep, Barangay Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur, the military reported Thursday.

(Photo courtesy of 75th IB, 401st Brigade/ MANILA BULLETIN)
(Photo courtesy of 75th IB, 401st Brigade/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Lt. Col. Jaime R. Datuin, commanding officer of the 75th IB said the seven surrenderees, whose identities are temporarily withheld for their safety and security, were all members of Guerilla Front 14 (GF 14) of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee.

The rebel returnees initially yielded to field units on Sunday and were officially presented to the 75th IB commander Wednesday.

In their surrender, they brought along with them one caliber. 38 pistol, one shotgun, and three cal. 22 rifles with live ammunition.

Lt. Col. Datuin said the surrenderees will be processed for them to avail of the enhanced comprehensive local integration program (E-CLIP) which includes the following benefits: P15,000.00 for immediate cash assistance; P 50,000.00 for livelihood assistance; and P 90,000.00 – P 95,000.00 for firearms (depending on the type of firearm) and access to other government assistance.

“The successive numbers of NPA surrenders in our battalion are all assisted with the benefits they receive from the support of the government leaders for their livelihood assistance. I am grateful for these attainments of our unit and to their full participation,” Datuin said.

“As always, I highly encourage those who are still actively participating in the activities of the CPP-NPA to cease and bring their weapons to our unit. This mission of the Armed Forces will be unceasing as long as there are threats and we could recognize any movements of the rebellion. I am very happy for people who participate in the AFP’s mission for this will certainly reduce crimes and our province will become progressive,” he said in a statement sent to the Manila Bulletin.

HDatuin urged those who continually support the CPP-NPA to grab the opportunity and privileges that the government provides as assistance.

Brig. Gen. Andres C. Centino, commanding general of the Army’s 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade, commended the 75th “Marauder” troopers for another job well done. “My deepest and great appreciation to the Marauder Battalion for their achievements in helping the 4ID’s mission. These accomplishments are basically the consequence of sustaining our intelligence,” Centino added.

Last week, three heavily armed NPAs in Surigao del Sur also voluntarily surrendered to the 75th IB and vowed to help the government’s peace and development program.