BALER, AURORA – Through the relentless efforts of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) deployed in the area of operation of army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion under the leadership of LTC REANDREW P RUBIO INF (GSC) PA, Acting Commanding Officer of 91st IB, PA of 7th ID, two (2) former NPA rebels and a member of Underground Mass Organizations (UGMOs) surrendered to the troops on March 29, 2020 in Barangay Dianawan, Maria Aurora, Aurora.
LTC RUBIO said that the surrender of the three (3) resulted to the continuous efforts of the Philippine Army and the effective-good rapport, well-disciplined, close coordination, and respect to the populace while conducting RCSP in the said barangay together with the personnel from Aurora Police Provincial Office (APPO) who immersed since November last year in compliance with the implementation of Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).
As part of their ongoing efforts, combined elements of Charlie Company, 91IB, Dianawan RCSP team, 3rd CMO Coy, Intel Platoon of 91IB and 71MICO led by CPT BETHOVEN CABANLIT (INF) PA, Operations Officer under the supervision of LTC RUBIO, facilitated the surrender of Lester Gutierrez, lie-low member of Aurora Platoon Provincial Committee (APPCOM), Roberto Valdez, NPA courier/contact of Komiteng Larangang Guerilla (KLG) Sierra Madre and Patricia Bihasa, NPA mass supporter for the withdrawal of support/membership to Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) at Barangay Dianawan, Maria Aurora, Aurora on 29 March 2020.
The SINAGTALA troopers also expressed gratitude to local officials of Barangay Dianawan for the support and cooperation to the troops in providing accurate information that led to the surrender of the three personalities supporting the government’s enemy.
“The RCSP operations in Barangay Dianawan is not just to assist the peace and developmental efforts but also to facilitate the withdrawal of support and membership of those local folks who are members of the UGMOs of the CPP/NPA/NDF,” LTC RUBIO said, explaining that it is the best decision in their life (surrenderers) after having deceived by the communist-terrorist group (CTG) of joining a useless struggle.
The surrenderers also took their pledged of support to the government and denounced the atrocities and lies committed by the NPA rebels in other parts of the country.
LTC RUBIO is optimistic that with the full support and cooperation of the LGUs and NGAs in addressing the insurgency would significantly contributed in dismantling the KLG SIERRA MADRE operating in Aurora Province and some parts of Nueva Ecija.
On the other hand, COL ANDREW D COSTELO INF (GSC) PA, Commander, 703rd Infantry Brigade, 7ID, PA extends his congratulations to the SINAGTALA troopers for their dedication to duty despite of focusing the COVID-19 related activities.
“The government through Executive Order No. 70 provides health, education, livelihood, and other assistance intended to surfacing rebels,” COSTELO added.