From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Feb 6): EXHAUSTED | 8 NPA members surrender anew in Sultan Kudarat
BAGUMBAYAN, Sultan Kudarat (DWDD) – Exhausted in the Army’s relentless pursuit operations against the communist terrorists, 8 insurgents finally decided to return to the folds of the law here today, February 02, 2018.
Romeo Dongco a.k.a. Taiwan, 29, was among the tribal members who seized a large swath of coffee plantation owned by Consunji family in September 2017.
“Datu Victor told us to cut the coffee trees so that we can retake our ancestral land. The land lease was extended without the tribe’s approval,” said Dongco, a resident of Sumilil village here.
Dongco’s neighbor and fellow Yunit Milisya member, Junjun Okom, 29, revealed that they were supported by the NPA’s Platoon Arabo in reclaiming the land.
“Ka Yoyo deployed his armed followers behind us. We were able to push the company guards away because we utilized spear-wielding children as our frontliners,” said Okom, who was joined by two telatives, Nasio Dungco, 28, and Binta Okom,50.
The other surrenderors are members of the defunct Platoon Cloudphone, namely: Batoy Tayak, 49, Goong Tugi, 47, Justin Tugi, 21, and a child warrior named Raffy Blah,16.
Meanwhile, three of the surrenderors have executed an affidavit linking a local government official to the communist NPA terrorists.
“He facilitated the organization of the lumads as NPA fighters purposely to reclaim our ancestral lands. He welcomed Ka George and Ka Makmak in his house to recruit us in May 2015,” said one former NPA rebel.
The recent surrender was facilitated by Bagumbayan Mayor, Hon. Jonalette De Pedro and Police Chief Inspector Garyflor Marfil.
The 33rd IB has accounted 111 surrenderors in the unit as of press time.
More communist NPA terrorists are expected to surrender due to the ongoing pursuit operations of the Army and 4th Special Action Battalion, SAF, PNP.
6ID Commander Maj Gen Arnel B. Dela Vega welcomes the former rebels as they return to the fold of law. He indicated that if they are eligible, they may avail the clip of the government in order for them to start a new life and live peacefully with their families. 6DPAO / MCAG