70 NPA members, supporters pledge allegiance to government in Talakag, Bukidnon

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A total of seventy (70) members of CPP-NDF-NPA comprising of 29 Milisya ng Bayan (local NPA Platoon) members, two (2) Sangay sa Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) members, and 39 Hingpit na Organisadong Masa (HOM) members who were radicalized through lies and deceptions by cadres of CPP’s Sub-Regional Committee 5 (SRC5) of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) withdrew their support from the local communist movement and voluntarily surrendered to army community support program (CSP) team of Alpha Company, 65th Infantry Battalion under 1LT LOUIE KENT HEREDIA.

The mass surrender happened during a community dialogue held in brgy San Rafael, Talakag, Bukidnon last July 14, 2019.

The NPA members and supporters are residents of Brgys San Rafael, Indulang, and Tikalaan, all of Talakag. They were presented by 1LT HEREDIA to Hon. Factura, Mayor of Talakag, Bukidnon during the activity who in turn led the Oath of Allegiance of the former rebels (FR).

“Sakit kaayu sa ako dughan nga nalambigit sa pag supporta sa mao nga grupo kay nagatuo ko nga tinuod ang ilang pasalig nga tagaan me ug bugas, pero kana tanan walay kamatuoran” said nanay Helen, one of those who surrendered.

“Dako among pasalamat sa Philippine Army nga nagpasabot sa amoa kung nganu nahimo kami nga supporter sa terroristang NPA, ug nagtudlo sa amo unzaon pag likay ug pag abog sa mga terrorista para maka pamuyo kami ug malinawon uban sa among pamilya” said Ka Luming, another former rebel.

“Walay nidaog sa pakikipag away. Instead baril ug bala ang inyu gina atiman, lupa ang inyung tikadon kay kini klaro nga naa moy maayung maani para sa inyung tagsa tagsa nga pamilya. Atong panggaon ang atong kaugalingon, magbaton ug respeto sa kaugalingon ug matag usa kanato ug manginabuhi nga naay kahadlok sa atong labaw na makagagahum. Kung kita magpadayun magpailad sa mga teroristang grupo, ang atung lugar magpabiling pobre hantud na sa inyung mga kaliwat” Hon. Vergito Factura added.

LtCol Benjamin Pajarito, Commanding Officer of 65IB, orchestrated the CSP immersion in Talakag, Bukidnon as part of the efforts of the recently activated Region X Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. The dismantling of rebel organization in those barangays will pave the way for the implementation of programs and projects under the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) programs by the LGU and the regional line agencies in Region X. 65IB will submit the results of the needs assessment it gathered throughout the CSP immersion period.

Immediately after the oath taking, they conducted peace rally to show their plight to the people having been victims of the promises and false hopes of the NPA. This is indicative of their desires to live a peaceful life, and become productive members of society.

The dismantling of the CPP-NDF-NPA local organizations in Talakag breaks the link of the terrorists NPA with the local residents. The peoples’ withdrawal of support and rejection of violence effectively isolated the NPA terrorists from communities.