Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – Two NPA members in Aurora Province voluntarily surrendered themselves to the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion (91IB) in Baler, Aurora on August 21, 2020.
According to Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, the Commanding officer of 91IB, a certain Joan Castro alias “KRISTINA”, 21 years old and a resident of Nueva Ecija surrendered with one (1) M14 rifle and one (1) magazine with 10 rounds of live ammunition.
Castro disclosed that she is the Youth Organizer of Kabataang Makabayan (KM) and a Medic of NPA operating in Aurora and in Nueva Ecija Provinces.
The other was identified as alias “Bert”, 41 years old, from Nueva Ecija, and a member of the NPA group operating in Aurora Province surrendered along with an M16 rifle, with two (2) short magazines and 26 live ammunition.
“We attribute these surrenders to the efforts of our local Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) in Aurora that supports the relentless efforts of our troops in combat operations. Both efforts are indispensable to encourage more members of the NPA to surrender in the provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija,” said Rubio.
Both are now in the custody of the 91st Infantry Battalion for proper documentation and interview.
Meanwhile, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division Commander Major General Alfredo Rosario Jr., welcomed the surrender of the two NPA personalities, saying that abandoning the bandit group is the right choice.
“Their act of presenting themselves to the authorities is a courageous move on their part. Being deceived and recruited to join the NPA armed struggle is not their fault, it is a crime committed by the leaders of the CPP-NPA-NDF. I am glad for this new development in Aurora and hopefully, there will be more surrenderors in the future,” said Maj. Gen. Rosario Jr.