FORT MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA ECIJA – Three former rebels surrendered to the 84th Infantry (Victorious) Battalion and 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion at 06:00 in the morning, yesterday.
Two lie-low members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) surrendered to 84IB in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija and one former rebel yielded to 91IB in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija.
The two former rebels voluntarily surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel George M Bergonia, Commanding Officer of 84IB and brought with them one Colt M653 rifle, one Springfield cal .30 rifle, one magazine and 20 rounds 5.56mm live ammunitions. The surrenderees were residents of Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.
On the other hand, one surrenderee have also brought one cal 7.6mm M14 rifle, one magazine and 380 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunitions when he sought help from the Community Support Program (CSP) Team of 91IB under Lieutenant Colonel Jose Mari F Torrenueva, Commanding Officer.
The recent surrrenderees will be provided with security and protection. They will also be provided with assistance while processing their benefits from the government.
It is significant to note that 14 out of 29 surrenderees in 7ID have already received financial aid from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). The cash assistance is one of the many entitlements that a surrenderee will receive upon yielding to the government. The former rebels who have received the immediate cash aids are from Carranglan, Nueva Ecija and Aurora.
Major Felimon T Santos Jr AFP, Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division expressed his delight for the former rebels in the provinces under 7ID heeded his call to go back to the folds of the government and be with their families for Christmas Season. He also commended the units of 7ID for the effective dissemination of E-CLIP which is evident in the increasing number of surrenderees.
Further, MGen Santos said that he is expecting more surrenderees that will come forward as Christmas nears.