TACLOBAN CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- An active mass organizer of the New People’s Army (NPA) has voluntarily surrendered to the 8th Civil-Military Operations (DANGPANAN) Battalion (8CMOBn) on January 28.
In a report, the 8th Civil-Military Battalion said Alias “JR,” 25, single and a resident of Barangay Canlapwas, Catbalogan City, Samar surrendered to the 8CMOBn headed by Lt. Colonel Edgar Allan B. Orbito, commanding officer in Brgy. San Andres, Catbalogan City.
The Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) organizer also surrendered one caliber .45 pistol and voluminous documents of the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army - National Demoncratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
In an interview, alias “JR” revealed that he is a member of militiang bayan (MB) or Yunit Militia (YM) of the NPA under Central Front Samar-1 (CFS-1), Sub Regional Committee (SRC) Browser, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC).
The surrenderee is also the Provincial Coordinator of ANAKBAYAN, Secretary General of KABATAAN-SAMAR, Spokesperson of People Surge Alliance (PSA) Catbalogan City Chapter and Coordinator of Kahugpungan Han Parag-uma Ha Western Samar (KAPAWA).
Alias “JR” revealed that he was tasked to lure people to join in different mass demonstrations against the government, which are being organized by Alvin Rufo and Lea Sevilla. The target of organizing activities according to him are the youth, students, urban poor, and the victims of typhoons, specifically those of Typhoon Yolanda.
Among the rallies he participated were those in commemoration of Super Typhoon Haiyan “Yolanda” Anniversary held in Tacloban City, Catbalogan City and Calbiga, Samar. He also joined the 15 days “MANILAKBAYAN” program, a nationwide activity of different left-leaning organizations funded by the national organization.
He further disclosed that he personally met KABATAAN Partylist Representative Sarah Elago, who was also present during the protest rally and the over-all facilitator of the MANILAKBAYAN. Accordingly, all the participants were accommodated at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) at Mendiola square area.
Alias “JR” confessed that he already has undergone Basic Rifle and Pistol Orientation, Acupuncture Training, Cupping or Ventosa therapy. He was taught on the NPA courses such as the Espesyal na Kursong Masa (ESKUM) 1 - Para sa Sektor ng Magsasaka; ESKUM II - Para sa Sektor ng Kababaihan; ESKUM III - Para sa Kabataan; Halipot nga Kurso ha Katilingban ngan Rebolusyon Pilipino (HKKRP); Pambansang Demokratikong Paaralan (PADEPA); and Araling Aktibista (ARAK).
LTC Orbito said the Battalion is committed and more than willing to accommodate CNT members who want to go back to their normal lives and take part in peace-building for progress and development.
“The surrender of this NPA organizer is a big blow to the CNTs. It proves that they are reduced as insignificant as they keep on losing their manpower and support. As our unit continues to gain the trust and confidence of the people and former rebels, we will expect more surrenderees in the coming days,” Orbito added.
This also forms part on the efforts and initiatives of the government in the implementation of Executive Order 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Orbito commended the troops for their efforts that led to the surrender of the NPA organizer alias ka “JR,” who is set to be enrolled in the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) to avail of the complete package of assistance for former rebels.
The 8CMO Battalion will remain focused in order to achieve the elusive peace and development in its Area of Operation, Orbito concluded. (PIA 8 /8CMOBn)