Baler, Aurora – Two fighters from the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Quezon province have surrendered to the Alpha Company of the 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, Philippine Army.
The two former NPA chosen the battalion as they believe that the said unit was the best for them to give themselves based on their monitoring and assessment.
Ka Yoga and Ka Lando (both native of Dingalan) who requested their anonymity also revealed one M16 rifle that they hide in Sitio Uyungan, Barangay Umiray, General Nakar, Quezon.
“We asked our relatives to have a dialogue with the 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, Philippine Army to help us to live a new, for peace and to be with our love ones since Christmas is fast approaching. We wanted to be happy this Christmas. We do not want to waste our lives in the hands of the terrorist,” they said.
Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto, Jr., commander of 91st IB said in an interview on Tuesday that Ka Yoga and Ka Lando surrendered to 1st lieutenant Jevie J. Sagragao, Alpha company commander based in Gabaldon town.
Recto also said that the Alpha Company Sinagtala troopers reached the hiding place and the M16 rifle was retrieved in coordination to 1st Infantry Battalion (1IB) under 2nd Infantry Division after a joint operation was conducted since the hiding place was not under the area of operations (AO) of 91st IB.
“It always brings joy to our hearts to welcome these former NPA rebels who go back to the folds of our laws. They were both tribes and victims of the lies, propaganda and deception of the terrorist organization. We assured that they will be happy together with their families this Christmas,” Recto said.
He urged the remaining terrorist members of the dismantled Komiteng Laragang Guerilla of the NPA to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law, and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government.
“Let us embrace peace and celebrate Christmas with your family. Our government is here to assist you in your reintegration into the mainstream society. We will help you,” Recto said.