Convinced of Duterte administration’s program for former rebels, more Guerillas surrender

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Exhausted and tired of its useless cause, another armed rebel decided to abandon the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) and start his life anew in Sorsogon province.

According to a report, personnel of 31st Infantry Battalion received surrender feelers from a 73-year old NPA member.

Thus, they immediately confirmed the information and placed the rebel under the Army’s custody.

Larry (not his real name) entered the armed movement in the early 80’s and a present member of Sentrong Depensang Grupo, Komiteng Probinsya 3 of Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC).

For more than two decades, he spent his life hiding in the mountains while holding different significant positions inside the CTG.

Though old and sickly, Larry is still being obliged to recruit new members of the armed group and often times, his house serves as temporary shelter for the cadres.

Fearing for his life and convinced of President Rodrigo Duterte’s programs for former rebels especially the Whole-of-Nation Approach thru Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC), he finally opted to surrender and live a peaceful life.

Meanwhile, in Camarines Sur, personnel of 9th Infantry Battalion (9IB) conducted an operation which resulted in the surrender of an SPL member and the recovery of four live ammunition of 12 gauge shot gun, one Philippine Army uniform and subversive documents.

In Tagkawayan town, in Quezon province, a member of Squad 1, Platoon 1, Larangan 1, Komiteng Probinsya 1 of the Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC) also surrendered to the personnel of 96th Infantry Battalion (96IB).

It can be recalled that just last September 11, 65 armed rebels and their supporters surrendered to the 903rd Infantry Brigade.

Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO TRINIDAD AFP said that the growing numbers of rebels who are now leaving the CTG and withdrawing their support to the group is a result of the massive operations and Community Support Program (CSP) in different conflict-affected areas conducted by the government troops.

With RTF-ELCAC now determined to bring all the needed services to the people especially to the far-flung areas, JTFB is confident that the insurgency will finally be resolved.