BALER, Aurora- At least 304 Exploited Local Residents withdraw their support and membership to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in Nueva Ecija and pledge to support the government on Friday, August 7, 2020 in Barangay Siclong, Laur, Nueva Ecija.
Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commander of 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, Philippine Army based in Barangay Calabuanan, Baler, Aurora said that the mass surrender was facilitated by combined elements of community support program (CSP) of Alpha Company 91IB, 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company (1PMFC) of Nueva Ecija police provincial office (NEPPO), Laur Municipal Police Station, 303rd MC-RMFB3, and 22nd SAC, 2nd Bn SAF-PNP.
The mass surrender is also a result of a relentless and continued conduct of Community Support Program (CSP) and relentless focused military operations in the different CPP-NPA terrorists threatened areas in Nueva Ecija and Aurora.
The government troops facilitated the withdrawal of support and membership of three hundred four (304) Exploited Local Populace to CPP/NPA/NDF and its Communist Front Organizations (CFOs) at the said place at 2:30 p.m. today.
Rubio said that the voluntary surrender of said personalities will reduce the resource generation of the Komiteng Larangang Guerilla Sierra Madre (KLG) Sierra Madre of NPA amounting to Php10,000 and ten (10) sacks of rice on a monthly basis.
He added that the series of withdrawal of support and membership of exploited local residents, Alyansang Magbubukid na Nagkakaisa (ALMANA), Panlalawigang Alyansang Magbubukid ng Aurora (PAMANA) and other legal front organizations are strong evidenced that the implementation of National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) is effective and working.
It is with great appreciation that Rubio welcomes the surrenderers and their oath of allegiance to the government.
“This very significant moment is a great contributory factor in our bid to finally attain peace in our communities. Through the joint operations with the PNP and the delivery of basic services by the local government units (LGUs) and non-government agencies (NGAs), the communist terrorist group (CTG) recruitment and recovery works are indeed affected and will eventually lead to the dismantling of KLG Sierra Madre,” Rubio said.
The activity was also witnessed by PNP, and Barangay Officials of the said Barangay.
After the activity, army 1st lieutenant Jun Niǹo Espora led the pledge of support and signing of commitment to the government followed by Burning of NPA flag, Peace Rally, and giving of food packs andEnhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP)leaflets, a complete package of assistance to Former Rebels (FRs).
Mr. Randy Caraan, who is one of the surrenderers said that the CPP-NPA-NDF promise them to give land but redowned to lies and deception.
“Pinangakuan kami na bibigyan ng lupa subalit wala kaming napala. Ginamit na propaganda ng CPP-NPA-NDF ang isyu sa lupa upang makapaglinlang at makapagrecruit ng masa,” Caraan said.