CARMEN, Surigao del Sur – A Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) member Charmaine Ravelo Coquilla voluntarily surrender to the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion last 14 June 2022 at Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.
During the interview, the said member was deluded in the opportunity of a promised life and opportunity to earn. However, Charmaine was not allowed to leave as she was threatened with stories of torture the CNTs do to those who escape. This led her to stay in the group as she was brought to unknown places without her knowledge. She then decided to surrender to the government as she was left pregnant by her partner Dexter Umba who was killed in an encounter last 14 April 2022. Charmaine realized that her unborn child deserves a peaceful life away from the torment of the CNTs.
36IB Commanding Officer, Lt Col. Michael Rey S Reuyan, welcomed the decision of Charmaine to return to the folds of the government.
“The right to live peacefully is a right of every human being. There is no direction in joining the false and forced propaganda of the CTGs, especially to the unborn. A life of terror and ambiguity by holding arms is not the solution to the menial problem of our nation. Your baby could have a brighter future ahead as you step away from the armed struggle,” LTC Reuyan said.
The surrenderee is being applied to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). She had her first visit to a health clinic and had undergone prenatal, physical examination, and laboratory tests. Her baby is in a healthy condition.
“There is a second chance for those who want peace with the government. The E-CLIP as the government’s reintegration program for the Former Rebels (FR) has played a key role in the CNTs’ decision to surrender and have a better future. You could also have another chance to be with your community and family.” Lt. Col. Reuyan added.