From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jul 30): ABANDONING LOST CAUSE | NPA Terrorist Couple in Agusan Del Surrender to 26IB
TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur (DWDD) – An NPA Terrorist couple surrendered to 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion after realizing that joining the NPA is not the solution to poverty. The sincerity also of President Duterte to attain long lasting peace motivates the couple to laid down their firearms to contribute for the peaceful resolution of armed conflict and violence particularly in the IP communities where they belong.
The couple identified alias Ruben and his wife alias Judy, residents of So Kalasungay, Brgy San Vicente, Esperanza between the boundaries of Brgy Mahagsay, San Luis all of Agusan del Sur. The couple surrendered with them one AK47 Rifle and one US M1 Carbine Rifle.
Ruben serves as regular member of Guerilla Front Committee (GFC) 89 while Judy serves as Milisyang Bayan that operates in the boundaries of Bukidnon, San Luis and Esperanza of Agusan del Sur.
The couple decided to abandon the NPA organization due to the mesirable experience and by waiting for too long the promises of the underground movement. According to aka Ruben “Nahadlok na kaayu mi sa akung asawa kay daghan na sa amuang mga kaubanan ang nangamatay, gutom na kaayu ug grabi kapait ang amuang gebati, way tarong nga kaon ug tulog ug hangtod karon ang gipasalig nga suporta sa akung pamilya wala pa nakaabot”, he said.
Lieutenant Colonel Romeo C Jimenea, Commanding Officer of the army’s 26IB stressed his commitment to help the newly surrendered NPA fighters thru the Enhanced Comprehensive Localized Integration Program (ECLIP) and so with the other previously surrendered NPAs. “We encourage everyone who are still blinded with the false promises of the NPA Terrorist to go down and surrender peacefully and to live a normal lives with your family and love ones and the ECLIP has so much to offer for a new life ”, he said. 26IB Ever Onward/ MCAG