Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur (ADS) — Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of 3RD Special Forces (ARROWHEAD) Battalion (3SFBn) presented surrenderees, including @Sion, a rebel surrenderee who disclosed last August the arms cache in Sitio Hugmakan, Barangay San Juan, Bayugan City to Mayor Kirk A. Asis, Bayugan City Mayor and Regional Development Council (RDC) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Chairman on Social Welfare on September 18, 2019 at the Mayor’s Office, Bayugan City Hall, Bayugan City, ADS. The City Government of Bayugan immediately handed cash assistance to surrenderees aside from the support and interventions from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Presented to the Mayor are two (2) surrenderees who are both residents of Barangay San Juan, Bayugan City with one (1) m16 rifle and three (3) caliber 30 Garand rifles disclosed by @Sion last August.

@Sion’s disclosure of the arms cache is a clear manifestation that Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) forcibly exploit indigenous peoples in hinterlands for their logistical support. “Indigenous Peoples cannot say NO when tasked to become couriers because they will be killed. The IPs are threatened and forced. Lumad killings are part of the Communist NPA Terrorists’ way to gain support from the masses,” @Sion said

LTC Baybayan expressed his gratitude to the Bayugan City LGU, “We express our sincerest gratitude to the Bayugan City LGU under Honorable Mayor Kirk A. Asis, who also leads the RDC-RPOC Social Welfare sector for his support in the attainment of the EO 70’s Whole-of-Nation Approach in ending insurgency.”

“With this gesture of providing assistance to surrenderees, it will greatly help in boosting the influx of surrenderees because they will see the government’s sincerity to attain lasting peace through ending the local communist armed conflict in this city,” he added.

The E-CLIP and Amnesty program is one of the 12 clusters of EO 70 wherein the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is the lead agency. This cluster shall orchestrate the inter-agency operations to implement necessary assistance and interventions to surrenderees and their families. Further, it aims to reintegrate surrenderees into mainstream society and become productive citizens of the country.