IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon (DWDD) – One New People’s Army (NPA) child warrior and two more surrendered to the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion at Headquarters 8IB in Impasugong, Bukidnon.
The three surrenders were identified as alias Marben, 17 years old anda member of the Militia Ng Bayan, his brother alias Rodel,19 years old, a former regular member of Company Malayag, Sub-regional Committee 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Command and alias Ryan, 26 years old, former supply officer of theSentro De Grabidad Dario of NCMRC.
The three NPAs brought with them one Caliber .45 with four bullets, one Garrand loaded with three bullets and a Carbine with twenty ammunitions, respectively. This was the effort of the Indigenous People who became member of the Philippine Army.
Alias Marben, 17 years old, shared his experience as “Militia Ng Bayan” in his interview “Gihimoku MB saakong uncle nawalanakabaluakoaginikanan,gihimokunilanatigdalasa supply sa NPA ugtigmonitorsasundalona mag operate.”
He mumbled. “Gusto kunilaipasampasaarmadoperonakaikyas man akoakuya kay di niya gusto mabatinakuiyakaagisasulodmaonagsurrender mi saigagawnamuna Army.” He added.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, Commanding Officer, 8IB, welcomed the three and acknowledged the effort of the IP soldier; “I appreciate the effort of our IP soldiers for negotiating our surrenders, the Philippine Army is expecting more surrenders from you!” “Again to the remaining members of the SRC1 and SRC2 of NCMRC, come down and be with your family, we will help you!” He commanded.
Likewise, Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr., Commander, AFP Eastern Mindanao Command, who happened to visit the Dependable troopers, gave cash gifts to the three NPAs as a price for their surrender and strongly condemned the child exploitation of the terrorists.
“I could see my children in you. At a very young age, you were deceived by the CPP-NPA terrorists. They used your inability to read and write as an advantage. They have been using you without you knowing the real life in the mountains. It breaks my heart to see you suffer this misery.” He said.
Recent reports that some parents are crying looking for their missing children who were recruited by the terrorists. These recruitments especially those minors without the knowledge of their parents was an inhumane act which should be stopped. The Unit have already recorded 132 former rebels surrender and they will be assisted by the Government to be enrolled in the E-CLIP Program for their benefits. The unit will arrange their meeting soon with their families. 8IB / MCAG / Photo credit 8IB