BALER, Aurora-The 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, Philippine Army reported that three members of Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA) surrendered voluntarily to the joint operating troops of the Philippine Army, Aurora Police Provincial Office and other intelligence operatives in this capital town of Aurora.
Lieutenant Colonel REANDREW P RUBIO , commanding officer of Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion said that the three active members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) were identified as Alias Ka FPJ/Bekit-Squad Leader of Platoon 4A4 Komiteng Larangang Guerrilla (KLG) CESAR, 32; Alias Ka Lara/Renren, 18, member of Platoon 4A4, KLG Cesar; and, Ka JM, 31, member of Platoon 4A4, KLG Cesar.
He said that the Delta Company of 91st IB led by Captain Bethoven B. Cabanlit and other friendly forces in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and PNP facilitated the voluntary surrender of the three.
“The intensive joint military and police operations in the area prompted the three (3) members of Platoon 4A4, KLG CESAR, Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC) to return to the folds of the law. It has also in relation with the effective implementation of localized peace engagement and peace, law enforcement and development support operations being conducted by the AFP, PNP, NICA, NBI, PCG and other law enforcement agencies,” LTC RUBIO added.
As of press time, the three CPP-NPA personalities are now undergoing initial interview and documentation at the Headquarters of 91st IB in Barangay Calabuanan, Baler, Aurora.
He added that they voluntarily surrendered due to unfulfilled promises for their better future, non-stop running to the government troops, they could no longer stand the extreme fatigue, hunger and hardships that they experienced in the mountains.
“They are already tired of fighting for an ideology full of lies,” LTC RUBIO furthered.
He also urged the remaining CPP NPA members to lay down their arms and live a normal life with their families while they still have chance.
“Those who will surrender will be enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the latest program of the government that provides shelter, employment, and livelihood for the rebel returnees,” LTC RUBIO ended.