From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jan 29): FRUSTRATED | Nine (9) NPA members Yield to 26IB
TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur (DWDD) – Nine (9) NPA regulars and militia ng bayan (MB) members with their firearms submitted themselves to the 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion on January 28, 2018.
The Former Rebels (FR) gave themselves up due to the hardship they have been experiencing and the fear of being pursued by the Philippine Army troops. Five (5) of the FRs formerly belong to the Guerilla Front 88 operating in San Luis and La Paz while the four (4) others belonged to Guerilla Front 34 which is active in Loreto and Veruela areas. They brought along with them nine (9) Class A light weapons that includes five (5) assualt rifles, two (2) shotguns and two (2) handguns.
Aka “Wanted”, one of the surrenderees, related his miserable and dark experiences inside the underground movement. “nahadlok na kaayo me, kay daghan nang namatay sa among kauban sa mga sunod-sunod nga engkwentro tali sa 26IB, perteng gutoma ug hastang paita kay walay tarung kaon ug tulog sa bukid, kapoy na kaayo samtang ang among mga labaw sige ra ug mandu, walay maayong suporta sa among pamilya”, he stressed.
Undeniably, the effort of the San Luis and Loreto LGUs particularly the Municipal Peace and Order Council and Bayanihan Oversight and Advisory Committees of both municipalities have consistently put forth the offer of peace and development to their constituents, hence the positive turn out of the former rebels.
Colonel Andres C Centino, Commander of the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade based in Brgy Awa, Prosperidad Agusan del Sur, lauded the commitment of the LGUs for the attainment of peace and development. “We will continue to intensify our collaboration with the different stakeholders especially to the Local Chief Executives to pave way for the realization of peaceful communities in Agusan del Sur”.
“Sa tanang miyembro sa walhong grupo nga gikapoy na, amo kamong gi-awhag nga magbalik na sa sabakan sa atong gobyerno aron makab-ot nato ang tinud-anay nga kausaban ug malahutayong kalambuan”, he added. 26IB CMO / MCAG