BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City
(Stn) – Two (2) New People’s Army (NPA) rebels of Guerrilla Front 19 (GF19) and one
(1) NPA rebel of Guerrilla Front 30 (GF30) all of North Eastern Mindanao Regional
Committee (NEMRC) surrendered with three (3) High Powered Firearms to 75th Infantry
“Marauder” Battalion on Thursday, December 26, 2019.
The NPA rebels identified as AKA Jun and AKA Ursula, NPA couple of GF19; and AKA
Jean of GF30 and they brought with them one (1) M16AI Rifle with one (1) long steel
magazine loaded with twenty-eight (28) rounds ammunition; one (1) Norinco AK47 Rifle
with one magazine loaded with twenty-nine (29) rounds ammunition; and one (1)
Norinco AK47 Rifle with one magazine loaded with twenty-nine (29) rounds ammunition.
In a conversation, AKA Jun said, “Kinse katuig ko nag-uban sa kalihukan pero kakapoy
lang, gutom ug sa ulahi wala man diay naitabang ang organisasyon sa amo. Giilad lang
mi nila. Nakita pud namo na nindot karon ang mga programa sa gobyerno. Unya wala
na mi nagduha-duha sa akong asawa nga musurrender sa 75IB. Kabalu ko nga pwede mi matabangan sa 75IB ug gobyerno sa among pagsurrender.” AKA Jun ended.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB, had a dialogue with the surrenderees and thanked them for they laid down their firearms and voluntarily surrendered to the government. “To those who surrendered, thank you for you have contributed in making our country peaceful and orderly. The government and the Philippine Army will assist and support you in starting anew with your families and children. Let’s work hand in hand for us to achieve sustainable peace and inclusive development.” Lt. Col Munda stated.
Moreover, the surrenderees will be enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) from the government, as they will be receiving immediate cash and livelihood assistance as well as remuneration for the surrendered firearms. Further, today is the 51st CPP Anniversary, wherein it still dispense the escalating number of NPA rebels who surrender to the government.
This implicates that the government, the Philippine Army in particular is doing its best to end the local communist armed conflict for us to attain sustainable peace and inclusive development for the people and country. With the campaign made by the LGU together with different line agencies and the Philippine Army, more NPA rebels were able to surrender and enrolled to the E-CLIP program, thus improving their newly found way of life.