CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to 7th Infantry Battalion on January 17, 2020 in Brgy Bagumbayan, Magpet town of North Cotabato.
The communist rebel was identified as alias Raprap, head of Militia ng Bayan (MB) under LGU-one (1), Guerilla Front 53 of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) operating in Matalam, North Cotabato. His group was led by a certain Eduardo Arnado.
Raprap brought with him one M14 rifle with magazine and ammunitions during his surrender.
Raprap said that he decided to surrender because of the hardships he was experiencing together with the NPA fighting the government troops.
He also wanted to live a life free of armed struggle as he realized that they are fighting for a wrong cause.
“The former rebel had asked permission for a medical leave from the leadership of the LGU-one and he was assigned as head of the MB at Barangay Bagumbayan while on medical leave,” said Lt. Col. Neil Alfonso R. Roldan, Commanding Officer of 7th IB.
“His decision to surrender was when he learned that more members of Guerilla Front 53 have surrendered to the government. He immediately sought the help of the military where he was brought to 7th IB Headquarters for his security,” Lt. Col. Roldan added.
The Commander of Joint Task Force Central, Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, encouraged other members of the rebel group as the government is ready to give them livelihood and financial assistance to live a normal life.
Currently, the former rebel is at the custody of 7th IB while the unit is preparing his necessary documents for him to avail the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).