10 NPA supporters surrender in Bukidnon

Published June 27, 2019, 4:58 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Mike Crismundo

CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – Ten more communist sympathizers surrendered to the Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion (1stSFBn), Special Forces Regiment in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.


Capt. Regie H. Go, Public Affairs Office chief of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4th ID) said in an interview with Manila Bulletin on Thursday the surrenderers were 10 Grupong Tig-Organisa leader and members of Sandatahang Yunit Pam-propaganda “Company 2”, Guerilla front 68-A (GF 68-A), Sub-Regional Command 4 (SRC4) of the New People’s Army’s (NPA) North Central Mindanao Regional Committee.

They said they yielded to the government because they were after the future of their families, said Go.

“Again I am very grateful to the CNT’s sympathizers who surrendered showing their immediate response to our call to stop their struggle,” also said Lt. Col. Sergio P. Macarandan, Jr., commanding officer of the 1st SFBn.

“We urged them through our troops to have a God-fearing family who aims to live a better life in a community with real peace and order,” he said.

The returnees will be provided with livelihood, eco-tourism projects and other activities so that they could start living a more meaningful life, Macarandan added.

In a statement on Thursday, Brig. Gen. Edgardo Y. De Leon, commander of the Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade, told his men: “Your efforts for the surrender of these 10 symphatizers show the dedication of the troops in attaining the current thrust through CSP”.

“We reiterate our call to those who are still in the mountains to surrender to the government while you are still alive lest you die,” De Leon said.

Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal, commander of the AFP Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th ID, commended the 1st SF Battallion for continuously neutralizing the rebels in the agricultural areas of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

“We also acknowledged the local leaders including the communities for their effort in helping our government security forces in promoting our peace and development program,” Gacal said.