From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 25, 2019): Army troopers lead security awareness symposium in Surigao Norte town
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte - The Community Support Program Team of the 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) of the Philippine Army together with the Barangay Officials recently conducted the National Security Awareness Symposium to the residents of Barangay Cantapoy, Municipality of Malimono, this province.
Experts from the government troops who served as speakers during the activity explained and discussed the subject matters that include the local history of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), NPA's barangay and university infiltration tactics, NPA's illegal recruitment of minors, and NPA's human rights violations.
One of the highlights during the said symposium was the testimony shared by alias Mark who recently surrendered to the government troops.
Mark said the NPA’s scheme is extorting, recruiting and threatening the populace to join their cause and they could only survive with the help of their mass base.
The symposium was actively participated by more than 300 residents composed of senior citizens, out of school youth, farmers, women, fisherfolks, teachers and high school students. (30IB, Phil. Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)