Posted to Kalinaw News (Apr 17, 2020): Militiang Bayan and exploited local populace of CPP-NPA-NDF surrendered with firearms in Aurora (By 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion)
BALER, AURORA – As a result of continuous Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) to clear the affected Barangays from Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) influence, and affectation, and despite the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon, the 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, 7ID, PA successfully facilitated the mass surrender of ten (10) Milisyang Bayan members and withdrawal of support and membership to CPP/NPA/NDF of sixteen (16) NPA Exploited Local Populace (supporters/contacts/couriers), all under Platoon 4A4, Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC) at Barangay Umiray, Dingalan, Aurora on Wednesday (15 April 2020).
They also turned-over two (2) cal .38 pistols, one (1) HM shotgun, and one (1) HM converted cal .22.
The activity was part of the continued efforts of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) executive order (EO) 70 of the government through RCSP.
The activity was witnessed by the local officials and staff of LGU Dingalan, Aurora headed by Hon Mayor Shierwin H Taay, PNP, and Barangay officials.
LTC REANDREW P RUBIO INF (GSC) PA, Acting Commanding Officer of 91IB led the Pledge of Support to the government of twenty six (26) personalities mostly IP “Katutubo” who expressed their noble intention to abandon the underground movement. RUBIO said that their move is a clear manifestation that despite of inclement weather the group surfaced without hesitation and want to avail the services of the government.
“I would like to thanks our local officials for their untiring support to my RCSP team in providing information that led to the neutralization of the said groups,” he added. Of the 26 surrenderes three (3) among them denounced in public how the communist groups exploited them and other false promises of the NPA rebels operating in the area.
After the simple ceremony, they received food packs and initial financial assistance of LGU Dingalan and 91IB in line with the Enhanced Adopt-a-Brgy Program (Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko).
Likewise, COL ANDREW D COSTELO INF (GSC) PA, Commander, 703rd Infantry (Agila)Brigade, of Philippine Army, lauded the efforts of SINAGTALA troopers, PNP, DILG, and the local officials of Aurora for being very active and supportive in the conduct of overall Internal Security Operations within their AOR.
“I urged the remnants of KLG Sierra Madre to lay down their arms and avail the benefits offered by the government specifically the ECLIP,” COSTELO said.
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