TACLOBAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) -- The Communist Terrorists Group in Northern Samar further weakens with the mass surrender of 71 CTG members and supporters to the 43rd Infantry Battalion on June 15 in Northern Samar.
Reports coming from the 43rd IB stated that the surrenderees included 45 Yunit Militia, 13 Batahang Organisasyon sa Partido (BOP) and 13 Communist Terrorist Group supporters, at Barangay E Durian, Bobon, Northern Samar.
Lt. Col. Raymundo Picut Jr., commanding officer of the 43rd IB said the mass surrender is a result of the convergence efforts of all government agencies, local leaders, and peace-loving people in Northern Samar.
Picut called on the remaining CTG members to return to the folds of the law saying, “To those NPAs who are still in the armed struggle, let’s give peace a chance.”
“Come and lay down your arms and return to the comfort of your homes, your families and friends, so that you may live peacefully,” Picut added.
The military troops will continuously collaborate with concerned government agencies and other civil society organizations for the necessary interventions and other assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for surrenderers, if qualified, to become productive citizens. (PIA-8)