From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 12): Philippine Army welcomes surrender of NPA couple in Bukidnon
The Philippine Army welcomed the two members of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) who surrendered on Sunday, June 3.
The couple, identified as Elsie Camahay Ampildon, also known as Angie/Jamaica, a regular member of NPA’s Headquarters Force of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), and her husband Tanny Saritao Ampildon a.k.a Verdel of NPA’s Militia ng Bayan, surrendered to the 8th Infantry (Dependable) Battalion, Sunday afternoon at the Army camp in Impasugong, Bukidnon.
As a gesture of goodwill, the couple handed over a US Cal.30 M1 Carbine weapon to the military officials during the surrender rites.
“I welcome the surrender of our brothers and sisters who were former members of the CPP-NPA. We will work hand in hand with our local government units. With the help of CLIP (Comprehensive Local Integration Program) Committee of Bukidnon, we ensure your safety and well-being,” Lieutenant Colonel Ronald M. Illana, 8IB commanding officer said.
He urged NPAs—especially those wounded during the series of encounters—to embrace peace or face death.
He recounted that in a separate encounter a month ago with 8IB troops near Sitio Ulayanon, Brgy. Kalabugao, Impasugong, Bukidnon, the NPA’s NCMRC command had a great loss when the government troops seized five high-powered firearms, 30 backpacks full of war rations, and numerous subversive documents.
It was also in 14 April this year, when 8IB troops rescued Susan Cabusao Guaynon, the three-month pregnant abandoned by her NPA comrades when she was hit in the battle.
“I call on those CPP-NPA Terrorists who still remain deceived by their leaders, especially those who were wounded, to quit from running and hiding. Surrender now while there is still time. There is no point in risking your lives for a failing ideology such as that of your ill-motivated and futile armed struggle. Choose peace or die of your wounds or hunger. And make no mistake, we will have no let-up in our Focused Military Operations," Ltc. Illana said. (1Lt. Erwin P. Bugarin, CMO Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, 4ID, PA)