BALER, Aurora — Two members of the Domingo Erlano Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to the security forces in Northern Aurora towns, turning over to authorities firearms and ammunition, a top military official said last October 15, 2020.
LTC REANDREW P RUBIO (GSC) PA, Commander of 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, Philippine Army said that 1LT BOBBY A FERRER (INF) PA, Bravo Company Commander together with Dinalungan Municipal Police Station of Aurora Police Provincial Office and other friendly forces facilitated the voluntary surrender identified as alias @ Burda, Assistant Squad Leader, 35 yo, married, armed with one (1) M16 rifle bearing serial number RP046928, three (3) long magazines for M16, and thirty (30) rounds of ammunition for M16 and alias @ Eric, Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) member, 29 yo, married.
The two are former members of Domingo Erlando Command under Ka Isaac.
The recent surrender of two (2) CNTs with firearm indicates the effective implementation of Task Force End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF ELCAC).
“They will be enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and other benefits to start their new life. I urged the remnants of KLG Sierra Madre to include the Milisyang Bayan and their supporters to peacefully surrender and avail the different services and programs of the government,” LTC RUBIO said.
He added that the two decided to surrender because being with the NPA only gave them misery, losing the chance to be with their family and loved ones.
“The two are currently undergoing a joint validation by the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and the Philippine National Police and the issuance of the certification will begin the processing of their benefits under the E-CLIP. The firearms they surrendered will also be paid based on the firearms remuneration program of the E-CLIP.
Orientation, and custodial debriefing, will also be given to them at the Headquarter of Bravo Company, 91IB in Barangay Dibaraybay, Dinalungan, Aurora.
They will also be provided skills training by the government to equip them with the knowledge and be able to continue a life of peace.
LTC RUBIO said that the government is sincere and willing to provide them (NPA surrenderers) with better lives through programs, assistance, benefits, among others.
Meanwhile, Ka Burda said he decided to surrender for peace in order to be with his family.
“Sa isang taong at kalahati na sumampa ako sa hukbo naranasan ko ang hirap at gutom sa bundok. Gusto ko rin linisin ang pangalan ko para makapamuhay ako ng normal at walang takot.