CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – In just a week, at least sixty (60) militia ng bayan and mass base supporters of the CPP-NPA Terrorist formalized their return to the folds of the law after they voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s Community Support Teams in Capiz on February 15 and 16, 2019 respectively.
They took their oath of allegiance to the government after they decided to renounce and withdraw their support from the CPP-NPA Terrorist.
Thirty seven (37) of the surrenderees are militia ng bayan and twenty three (23) are mass base supporters who are residents of Barangay Carataya, San Antonio and Mahunod-Hunod all of Cuartero, Capiz. The said barangays are known influenced areas of the communist terrorist group.
The Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion Community Support Program (CSP) Teams facilitated the ceremony which was witnessed by Colonel Orlando Edralin, the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigad, and PNP officers.
Lieutenant Colonel Sisenando A Magbalot Jr, Commanding Officer of 61IB lauded the courage of the 60 individuals for standing-up against the communist terrorist group. “The surrender of CNTs’ mass base supporters is a clear indication that these people are fed up with the atrocities and ruthlessness of the communist terrorist group victimizing their families, relatives and friends,” he emphasized.
Earlier, Colonel Alberto O. Desoyo, Commander of the 301st Infantry Brigade, said “Since last year, in Panay Island alone, 70 surrenderees have already availed of the E-CLIP. The Army in partnership with different government agencies actively promotes the benefits of the E-CLIP to persuade more NPA members to renounce violence and return to the peaceful confines of mainstream society.”
For his part, MGen Dinoh Dolina, Commander of the 3 rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division said “With the surrender of the CNTs’ mass base supporters, we are seeing the continued weakening of the CNTs’ strength and will to pursue armed struggle.”
Further, MGen Dolina called on the remaining militia ng bayan and supporters of the communist terrorist group to withdraw their support and abandon these communist terrorists who only feed them with nothing but misery and poverty. “Avail the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for you to start a new and insurgency-free live,” he emphasized.