MALUNGON, Sarangani Province – Two (2) NPA terrorists from Guerilla Front 71, FSMR voluntarily surrendered along with their firearms to the troops of 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB) in Brgy Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province and another two (2) in Brgy Little Baguio, Malita, Davao Occidental on January 19 and 20, respectively.
The NPA terrorists who were identified as Alias Klawag and Alias Rebreb, both residents of Brgy. Upper Suyan, Malapatan Sarangani surrendered to the Scout Platoon of 73rd IB during the field operation in the said area, also handed over their M-16 rifle and .38 pistol.
The next day, alias Jason and alias Rusi, both residents of Brgy Kihan, Malapatan, Sarangani surrendered themselves to the troops of Delta Company, 73IB in Brgy Little Baguio, Malita, Davao Occidental. The two also surrendered a carbine rifle and calibre 357 pistol.
“Wala natuman ang ilang gisaad nga Suporta alang sa among Pamilya. Puro kalisod, gutom ug kahadlok among gibati,” alias JASON said in his native dialect. (SUPAMIL (Suporta Para sa Pamilya) was not materialized. All we experienced are hardship, hunger and fear.”)
These incidents mark a good start for CY 2019 as it indicates the diminishing of NPA’s force for its so-called people’s war and armed struggle. The steady increase in number of NPA terrorist surrenderees brought brighter hope that NPA force will soon diminish.“With our intensive security operations and continuous collaborations with our barangay officials, we can gear our efforts towards the attainment of peace in our communities,” Col Marion Ancao, 73IB commander said.
Meanwhile, Brig Gen Roberto Ancan AFP, 1002nd Brigade commander, also stressed that, “the continuous armed struggle will only bring death, misery, anger, and poverty. The people of Sarangani deserve to have a peaceful environment.” Once again he reiterated the call to all NPAs, “to go back to the fold of the law, various benefits are enhanced to support you and your families especially when you surrender and lay down your firearms.”
On the other hand, Maj Gen Jose C Faustino Jr AFP, 10ID commander applauded the determination of 1002nd Brigade and its troops in sustaining the gains of continuous surrender of communist terror group (CTG) in our area of responsibility.
The people-centered and whole-of-nation approach of the 10ID in dealing with the CTG has proven to be effective with the continuous surrender of its members and abandonment of the armed struggle. The total downfall of CPP-NPA-NDF or the CTG in the area will soon be finally achieved as we continue to protect the peace and the people of the communities we are serving.
Cpt Jerry Lamosao
Chief, DPAO 10th Infantry Division
Mawab, Compostela Valley