Tago, Surigao del Sur – another CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) voluntary surrendered to the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion bringing along one (1) shotgun yesterday, around 01:30 in the afternoon, October 20, 2018 at Sitio Snas, Brgy Carromata, San Miguel, Suirgao del Sur.
The surrenderer is identified as Jolimar Maca Abas @ Reno, 21 yrs old, single and resident of Purok 3, Brgy Bitaugan, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur. Said CNT member is on lie low status and member of the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda – Interior (SYP-I), SRC 2130 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) bringing along one (1) shotgun with serial number 744336.
According to alias Reno, he joined the terrorist organization because he is fond of holding firearms and was deceived by false promises that they will support him.
In his statement, Lt Col Xerxes A Trinidad, Commanding Officer of the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion said, the surrender was facilitated by a Former Rebel (FR) and accordingly, the said surrenderer wants to stop supporting the terrorist NPA but needs someone to help him and eventually avail the government’s program, the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Abas is in a lie low status but the CNTs are still using him as their courier/messenger in the barangay”.
Alias Reno, decided to voluntary submit himself to 36IB in order to clear his name and upon the encouragement of other former rebels. He signified his sincere desire to support the government’s peace and development efforts in the communities.
Since 2018, alias Reno is the 36th member of the CNT who voluntarily surrendered to the 36IB.
“The CNTs are weakening and have been losing critical mass support which is their lifeblood in advancing their objectives. The growing sentient of surrenders and shift of support is due to the miserable life they experience being inside the organization and the realization of neglecting their family just because of a failed cause without direction. We are appealing to those remaining CNT members in the mountains or in the barangays to surrender now and return to the folds of the law. Choose the path to peace and the government is willing to accept them and help them in their transition to the mainstream society”, Lt Col Trinidad added.
Abas is still under the custody of the 36IB and undergoing interview and processing. He will be enrolled in the E-CLIP, the government’s intervention package for former rebels.