Camp Col Rafael C Rodriguez, Butuan City Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 reported that four active members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the government forces last February 6, 2020 and disclosed information that resulted in the recovery of assorted firearms, anti-personnel mine and cadavers of NPA rebels who were just left behind by their comrades, in a joint police and military operation conducted in the hinterlands of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on February 16, 2020.

PBGEN Joselito T Esquivel, Jr, PRO13 Director, identified the NPA surrenderors as alias “CJ”, Vice Supply Officer, Platoon Tuog, FC 88 and a resident of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur; alias Tiger/Pao2x, Political Instructor, Vice Political Officer, COMPAC/Sub Regional Command (SRC) 1 and a resident of San Luis, Agusan, del Sur; alias “Fine”, Squad Medic, COMPAC, SRC 1 and a resident of Kulaman, Malaybalay, Bukidnon; and alias “Claire”, Vice Squad Leader/ Team Leader, Medic and a resident of San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

Joint personnel from Regional Mobile Force (RMFB) 13, RMFB 11 with PRO3, PNP Special Action Force (SAF), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Regional Field Unit (CIDG RFU) 11, Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Personnel of PRO13 with composite units from 1st PMFC Nueva Ecija, Davao del Sur PPO, Agusan Del Sur PPO, Agusan del Sur 1st and 2nd PMFC, 41st SAC, 4SAB, 14th SAC, 1 SAB, PNP SAF, 26th IB, 401st Brigade, 4ID Philippine Army conducted operation in the vicinity of Brgy. New San Vicente Esperanza, Agusan del Sur which resulted in the recovery of one M14 Rifle with SN 2509334; one Springfield Garand Rifle with SN 1033083; one anti-personnel mine (APM); three magazines of M14 Rifle; 42 rounds 7.62 ammunition; one clip of cal. 30; 9 rounds cal. 30 ammunition.

Further, two NPA cadavers were dug up and recovered by the operating troops. The cadavers are believed to be NPAs who were killed during armed encounter in 2017 who were just left behind by their comrades.

The Former Rebels (FR) identified the cadavers as “Ka Al” from Quezon, Bukidnon and “Ka Dope” from Cagayan De Oro. Their remains were diligently carried by the government forces from the place of recovery to Agusan Del Sur Provincial Crime Laboratory for processing and future identification of their complete identities.

“This notable accomplishment is attributed to the good relationship between the PNP and AFP in the region with the active support of the community that resulted in information sharing and collaborative efforts between the government forces,” said PBGEN Esquivel, Jr.

“I appeal to the community to never be deceived by the sweet promises of CPP-NPA and never allow yourself to be a victim of their recruitment. The cadavers recovered only shows their true colors of being inhumane and selfish. I encourage you to give your support to our government forces who are always there to ensure the safety and security of the Caraganons,” he added.