FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija — Deceived with false promises by the members of the Komiteng Larangang Guerilla – Abra, Mt. Province and Ilocos Sur, (KLG-AMPIS), a CNT in the Barrio or Milisyang Bayan member yielded to the authorities following the intensive implementation of Community Support Program (CSP) of the 71st Infantry (KAIBIGAN) Battalion, Philippine Army on November 21, 2021.
Lieutenant Colonel Sonny E. Gonzales, Commanding Officer of 71IB identified the personality as alias “Gino” a resident of Brgy Ampalioc, Luba, Abra who surrendered along with one (1) M16 rifle, one (1) short magazine with 18 live ammunition.
Alias “Gino” told the authorities that it was alias “Jess”, a deceased Squad Leader of KLG-AMPIS, who recruited him to become a courier and supporter of the armed terrorists in their community.
“Nangako silang bibigyan kami ng gamit sa pagsasaka at irigasyon kaya naman napaniwala kami sa mga sinasabi nila, yun pala hindi pala tototo yun,” said alias Gino.
On the same day, a female CNT in the Barrio named “Ana” also surrendered to the Army in Brgy. Sallapadan Barrio, Sal-lapadan, Abra along with one (1) Carbine rifle, one (1) magazine, and one (1) KG9 pistol with one (1) magazine and three (3) live ammunition.
Meanwhile, the Acting Commander of the 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army Brigadier General Luis Rex D. Bergante PA said that the series of surrenders of the CNT in the Barrio is the result of the Army’s continuous engagement with the community through its intensified information campaign against the deceptive recruitment of the CTG.
“We welcome these two CNT in the Barrio into the folds of the law. Sana ay maging halimbawa ang kanilang naging karanasan para hindi na muling maka biktima pa ng iba sa kumonidad,” said BGen Bergante.