BISLIG CITY,Surigao del Sur- Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – Hunger, exhaustion and despair induced the
Fifty-Two (52) NPA members and supporters to surrender at headquartes, 75 th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur on July 18, 2019.
Through the Community Support Program (CSP), government services rendered by the Executive Order No. 70. Otherwise known as
“Institutionalizing the Whole Of Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable Peace and creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in bringing insurgency
to its conclusion and the intensified/relentless pursuit operation, undeniably, would be the reason why the members and supporters
condemn and have turned their back from the group they had once knew could be the answer from the poverty they have gone through.
The Fifty-Two (52) NPA members composed of Six (6) Milisya Ng Bayan (MB) members, two (2) Sangay ng Partido Sa Lokalidad (SPL)
members and Forty (40) Underground Mass organization (UGMO) members of Balangay sa Rosario, Agusan del Sur (RADS), Weakened Guerilla Front 14, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (WGF14, NEMRC) together with five (5) firearms (1high powered firearms and 4 low powered firearms) voluntarily surrendered at
Headquarters, 75IB. The troops identified the MB members by their NPA aliases as Winston, Lawaan, Boy, Agui, Brad and the 2 SPL members as Pipol and Dongkoy.
The firearms surrendered by the NPA members were one (1) AK47 CZ858 with three (3) magazines and eighty-nine (89) live
ammunitions, three (3) improvise cal. 22, one (1) cal. 38, one (1) rifle grenade and one (1) hand grenade M67.
In connection with the activity, the troops prepared a simple boodle fight as a bid of appreciation and to welcome them back. On
the other hand, the 52 members and supporters took their Oath of Allegiance after they decided to repudiate the CPP-NPA.
Alyas Lawaan, 44, member of Team Abe, Squad 3, Platoon SMART, MB, WGF14, NEMRC said, “Nagpasalamat mi na kami nakalingkawas sa kalisud sa kinabuhi sa pag-uban-uban sa pagdumala sa NPA kay
grabe gyud among natagamtaman nga kalisud, gutom ug kahadlok sa prinsipyong among gipaglaban batuk sa gobyerno. Sila misaad kanamu nga ila kaming tabangan sa among panginabuhi ug suportahan among
pamilya, unya wala kami nadawdaw. Swerte lang namo kay natagaan gyud mi ug panahon nga makaduol balik sa gobyerno. (I am thankful that we have escaped the life we had under the NPAs. We suffered from hunger, fear and exhaustion along the way for the principles contrary to the law that we are fighting for. They promised they will
help us from poverty and oppression and they will provide support to our families, but we ended up nothing. Thank you to all the soldiers who helped bringing us back to the folds of the law.),” Lawaan said.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Jaime R Datuin, Commanding Officer of 75IB, in conjunction of efforts of the peace stakeholders and the local government units to suppress Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) terrible act will truly produce good result and therefore decreasing in number of the NPA Terrorists. “Our mission will be your mission, too. As our troops perform their tasks, the LGUs and other agency also performed the tasks given to them. That is why we must work in convergence to
accomplish the mission. For the members and supporters of this Terrorists group who surrendered themselves to the government and lay their firearms, I could say that it’s the best and the right choice they’ve made. And they must also encourage their comrades to surrender to the government and start a new life with their families. Hindipa huli ang lahat, sumuko na kayo at kayo’y aming tutulongan para sa pagbabagong hinahangad ninyo.” Datuin said.