71st Infantry Battalion Demoralizes NPA with another Mass Surrender

Mawab, Compostela Valley Province – 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion continues demoralizing Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) with another mass surrender of CNT members and supporters in Mabini, Compostela Valley Province on May 08, 2019.


A total of twenty three (23) Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) composed of twenty (20) Mass Supporters, two (2) Militiang Bayan and one (1) Sangay ng Partido ng Lokalidad under Weakened Guerilla Front 2 (WGF 2), Southern Regional Committee 2, Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC) and are residents of So Patawon, Brgy
Cabuyoan, Mabini, Compostela Valley Province voluntarily surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel Esteveyn E Ducusin, Commanding Officer of 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion, at the Headquarters of 71st IB, Purok 8, Nueva Visayas, Mawab Compostela Valley Province.


The mass supporters are A.K.A Rick, A.K.A Melik, A.K.A Gangang, A.K.A Ayeng, A.K.A Maymay, A.K.A Til, A.K.A Faunillan, A.K.A Dyulo, A.K.A Inday, A.K.A Daday, A.K.A Noel, A.K.A Nakanak, A.K.A Kawi, A.K.A Jo, A.K.A Darrio, A.K.A Raprap, A.K.A Yoyong, A.K.A Ester, A.K.A Lita, A.K.A Balik and A.K.A Totoy.


A.K.A Preng revealed that certain A.K.A Janu recruited him, who became his instructor in Pambansang Demokratikong Paaralan (PADEPA), Agrarian Revolution (AGREV), and Araling Aktibista (ARAK).


Based on interview, the surrenderees revealed that A.K.A Janu recruited them purposively to support them create a People’s Organization that would alleviate their farming system. Hence, they agreed regardless of requiring them to attend mass demonstrations when needed. Further, they are required to give share from their
minimal income.


Based on interview, the surrenderees revealed that A.K.A Janu recruited them purposively to support them create a People’s Organization that would alleviate their farming system. Hence, they agreed regardless of requiring them to attend mass demonstrations when needed. Further, they are required to give share from their
minimal income.

Moreover, some of the residents who opposed received threats and some were prohibited to till their lands. Ducusin said, “The NPA has been a threat to people. No NPA will create people’s organization for the good of the people. They only deceived them to strengthen their
underground movement that would benefit the armed group. Instead of extending sincere help, they used them for selfish gains. In order to stop this, we continue our efforts to help the victims of deceptions to be rescued.”

Kaibigan Battalion has been campaigning for rebels to return to the folds of the law by the Balik Loob Center Program and Kaibigan Teatro, a portrayal of how NPA deceived and exploited mass base for selfish gains and how soldiers link with the people to give awareness of what is right.


“Our creative campaign led us to the surrender of A.K.A Vanvan and A.K.A Mekay, the child warriors. In addition, with our continued efforts, we were able to induce residents of So Patawon, Brgy Cabuyuan, Mabini to collaborate with us to truly help them. Rest assured, we will assist them to the best that we can.” Ducusin added.


It can be recalled that last month, 71st IB has organized Magpalusong Patawon Farmers Association, a People’s Organization composed of farmers advocating for peace and development who received twelve (12) sacks of corn seeds from 71st IB and Department of Agriculture in support to their livelihood project. Kaibigan Battalion is indeed living with their motto: “Basta May Kaibigan, May Pag-asa.”