Posted to Kalinaw News (Apr 13, 2020): 10 NPAs surrender in Caraga on Holy Week (By 4th Infantry Division)
Bancasi, Butuan City – Ten (10) CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) belonging to the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) and North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) yielded to government troops under the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade in a series of surrender in Caraga Region during the Holy Week.
Said surrenders composed of five (5) regular CNTs and three (3) Milisya ng Bayan (MB) under Guerilla Front (GF) 4A, NCMRC and two (2) regular CNTs under GF30 and Sentro De Gravidad (SDG), Sub Regional Command (SRC) 2130 under NEMRC surrendered to the elements of 23rd Infantry Battalion in Agusan del Norte and 36th Infantry Battalion in Surigao del Sur under the operation control of the 402nd Infantry Brigade.
The CNTs yielded one (1) M16 Rifle, one (1) M1 Carbine Rifle, one (1) M653 Rifle attached with M203 Grenade Launcher, three (3) caliber .45 Pistols, three (3) caliber .38 Pistols, and one (1) Anti-Personnel Mine (APM).
Alias Jack, Squad Leader, Squad Baking of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) KINGDOM of GF4A, NCMRC, and alias Jelan, MB of SYP KINGDOM, GF4A, NCMRC surrendered last April 6, 2020. They revealed that as they approached the communities for food, they took the opportunity to desert and decided to return to the folds of the law because they didn’t see any reason anymore to continue fighting as corruption and abuse became rampant in their organization.
In an effort to help his comrades who also wanted out of the CNT organization, Alias Jack facilitated the negotiation and surrender of alias Brando, Team Leader of Team Abe, Squad Uno, SYP KINGDOM, GF4A, NCMRC on April 8, 2020 and alias Windel, Political Instructor (PI) of SYP SIKOP, GF 4A, NCMRC on April 9, 2020 to 23IB under Lt Col Francisco L Molina, Battalion Commander.
Meanwhile, on April 07, 2020, four (4) female CNTs surrendered again to 23IB namely: alias Russel, 31 years old, former platoon medic, SDG CAOCAO, GF4A, NCMRC; alias Minchie, 31 years old, former squad medic, SYP SIKOP, GF4A, NCMRC; alias Darlyn, and alias Langlang, 24 years old, both members of Milisya ng Bayan (MB).
In Surigao del Sur, two (2) CNT leaders surrendered to the 36IB troopers led by Lt Col Jeezrel Diagmel, Battalion Commander. They were identified as alias EJ, Team Leader, TM 2, Squad 2, Platoon 2, GF 30, NEMRC, 25 y/o and alias Rex, PG, Sqd 1, By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride “Army Core Purpose: Serving the people, securing the land” SDG, SRC 2130, NEMRC, 23 y/o. They disclosed that their stay in the CNT organization became more miserable when the COVID19 struck the province since their supporters were quarantined.
Since January 2020, there are already a total of forty-eight (48) CNTs who surrendered to the government bringing along with their 21 assorted firearms.
In his statement, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade said, “We are elated that these former CNTs have realized the futility of their armed struggle as we continuously confront the COVID19 pandemic. The continuous surrender of the ranking CNTs and its members proved that the rotten ideology that the CNT is desperately insisting to the Caraganons are irrelevant and unwelcome. These developments manifest the steady weakening and downfall of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) organization”.
Said surrenderers will be validated and enrolled under the government’s reintegration program, the E-CLIP, to give them the opportunity to go back to their normal lives.
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