MALITA, Davao Occidental – Tired of running away from government forces, a couple from Barangay Little Baguio, turned themselves in to the 73 Infantry Battalion on Wednesday, March 11.
The couple identified as Tata Maganding @Bruno, 35 years old, and his legal wife Donya Palapan @Clara, 18 years old, were former Team Leader and Medic of the Weakened GF71.
The couple also yielded two M16 rifles with, one Cal.45, one commercial radio.
“We are tired and afraid of our security inside and thought of our future if we stayed in the group so we decided to yield. The army troops are everywhere. We do not know what to do, where to go and whom to believe since even our leaders inside the organization are corrupt financially,” shared @ Tata [email protected]
Tata Maganding @Bruno and Donya Palapan @Clara were the third NPA couple who surrendered to the 73 Infantry Battalion.
“We are happy to hear from the couple realizing that they were only carried away by the propaganda issues exploited by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Terrorist Group and that they had no good future if they remain in the group,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ronaldo Valdez, Commanding Officer of 73rd Infantry Battalion.
Valdez said Tata Maganding @Bruno and Donya Palapan @Clara will be provided the necessary security assistance. The couple will also be enrolled in the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E CLIP) to prepare them as they go back to their community.
He also reiterated his call to other communist terrorists to surrender saying the government is serious in its military operations to defeat terrorist groups.