MARAMAG BUKIDNON – Another local member of the New People’s Army (NPA) belonging to Milisyang Bayan (MB) voluntarily surrendered through the effort of Community Support Team (CST) of 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Brgy Lumintao, Quezon, Bukidnon last July 20.
A certain Jerry Pao Sapra @Tikboy, 51 yrs old, married, and a resident of P-8 Brgy Lumintao, Quezon, Bukidnon and a member of Milisyang Bayan (MB) in the area surrendered to troops bringing along one (1) Home-made shotgun, one (1) magazine and eight (8) live ammunition (12 gauges).
According to a certain @Tikboy, “Nangita kog higayon nga makasurrender kay gi kapoy nako sa mga sugo kanako sa mga regular nga NPA ug gipul-an nako sa ilang mga pasalig nga walay katumanan sama sa ilang giingon nga ihaw-as nila sa among kapobrehon ug armadong pakigbisog lang daw kuno ang makasulbad sa problema sa kalisod nga among gisagubang. Nahadlok usab ako nga basin moabot ang panahon nga ang maayo nga kaugmaon sa akong mga anak dili na nako mahatag kanila tungod kay kanunay naman ako nga gitahasan sa kalihukan sa pagbantay kung dunay mga sundalo nga moabot sa among barangay ug mao kini ang rason nganong nakahuna -huna ako sa pagsurender “I was looking for a chance to surrender because I am tired of following what the NPA told me to do and I found it impossible that the NPA could really alleviate our family from poverty and only rebellion will be the solution of the hardship in life we are facing. I am also afraid that time will come that I could no longer give a good future to my children because of my betrayal in the government”.
Ltc Franklin F Fabic, Battalion Commander of 88IB said, that the surrender was made possible due to the conduct of Community Support Program (CSP) in the barangay. “I am pleased to announce that more and more rebels have now realized that they were just being manipulated and used by the CPP-NPA-NDF in their wrong ideologies and opted to surrender. It just shows that the NPA is continuously losing support and state of decisiveness is felt among its rank. We welcome those who want to surrender to have a new life and avail the Enhanced Local Integration Program (E-CLIP); a government program in which the former regular member can get immediate assistance, livelihood program, firearm remuneration and a lot more other benefits from the government”.