CAMP GENERAL MANUEL T YAN SR., Mawab, Compostela Valley – On April 5, 2019, 9:00 in the evening, Alias Ricky, 38 years old, married and resident of Sitio Langan, Brgy Coronon, Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur surrendered to 39IB of 10ID.
An officer of 39IB together with Brgy Captain of Brgy Goma facilitated the surrender of alias Ricky, a Supply Officer of Squad 1 of the NPA’s GF51, SMRC at Sitio Kamalig, Brgy Goma, Digos City, Davao del Sur.
Alias Ricky revealed that they encountered the 39IB at Sitio Lanan of Brgy Goma in the morning of April 5. “Naengkwentro namo ang 39IB buntag sa Abril singko. Nagkatibulaag mi tungod sa di makaya ang kakusog sa puwersa sa sundalo, naa p gayud silay helicopter og kanyon (we encountered the 39IB and we are in disarray due to their to massive firepower that includes helicopter and artillery fires),” he said.
“I decided to surrender after I learned that my leader was killed during that encounter…his fate has come and I was afraid I’ll meet mine…I realized I could be with my family again,” he added in bisaya.
It can be recalled that Two NPA leaders, one is a female were killed during an encounter between the troops of 39th Infantry Battalion under Ltc Rhojun Rosales against an undetermined number of Communist NPA Terrorists Groups (CNTG) In the morning of April 5, 2019, in the hinterlands of Sitio Lanan, Barangay Goma, Digos City, Davao del Sur.
The CNTGs scampered to different directions after a 45-minute exchange of fire leaving their two members killed and one M4 rifle.
With the help of former rebels and rouges gallery of 39IB, the two cadavers were identified as that of Lesly Pulido @CAMILLE, Secretary, GF51 and that of Roberto Castellote @ENOY, Commander of the guerilla unit of GF51.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Mario G Lacurom, General Officer-in -Charge of 10ID commended 39IB’s leadership and troops commitment to duty that resulted to decisive combat operation and said “Carry on Agila troopers. With people supporting our campaign against communist insurgency in the AOR, we will continue on protecting them and secure their communities- Peace and development will follow.”
Alias ricky also Surrender his one (1) M16 rifle and was brought to Hqs of Bravo Company, 39IB for custodial debriefing or further interview.