The windfall of surrender continues as the NPA marked its 50th year anniversary last March 29,2019. Nineteen (19) communist terrorists were formally presented to Governor Pax S. Mangundadatu, Al Haj at the Provincial Capitol in Sultan Kudarat. Most of the surrenderees are members of Guerrilla Fronts 72 and 73 of Far South Mindanao Region that operate in the Provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato, and Davao del Sur. These provinces are all under 1002nd Brigade’s area of responsibility
According to COLONEL ADONIS R BAJAO, the Brigade Commander of 1002nd Infantry (BAGWIS) Brigade, the surrender was the result of the series of Focused Military Operations and Community Support Program activities of the unit. Five of whom surrendered last February 9, 2019, after an armed encounter in Barangay New Baguio, Makilala, Cotabato. With the dwindling support from the masses, another group of three fully armed CTs from Barangay Sukob, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat decided to surrender bringing along with them high-powered firearms. Another eleven CTs surrendered to the Philippine National Police and 33rd Infantry Battalion last March 25, 2019, in Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat.
CT’s terroristic plans were revealed during subsequent interviews. Accordingly, they were tasked to burn the heavy equipment of big construction companies in Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato. They were told that these companies are not giving in to the CTG’s extortion demands. Further, they admitted to having been misinformed and misled by their CT leaders about the real intention of the road projects. They were brainwashed that projects are intended only for the benefit of capitalists who are exploiting their area for selfish motives.
One particular project is the farm to market road in Barangay Sukob. This road runs through Barangay Colonsabak up to Barangay Lamalit. Despite the propaganda of the CTG, they were informed by their own villagers that the road is intended to open access for their farm goods to reach a nearby market, especially during rainy seasons. They were also informed by their families about the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) through the 39th Infantry Battalion.
After a series of negotiations, they finally left the CTG thus thwarting their terroristic plan of burning heavy equipment and government projects. Such atrocities are supposed to coincide during their 50th founding anniversary.
“The Battalion is grateful for the support of the people in disseminating the E-CLIP in remote sitios particularly in remote communities of Indigenous People. This effort should be propagated and sustained to ultimately end the deception of the CTGs,” said LIEUTENANT COLONEL RHOJUN P ROSALES, Commander, 39th Infantry Battalion.
Further, Governor Pax S. Mangundadatu, Al Haj said, that the government is sincere in its offer of peace and he assures the surrenderees of their personal safety as they peacefully return to their families.
“It is because of Good Governance that the CTG’s propaganda is continuously being defeated,” he added.