BUENAVISTA Agusan del Norte – A mass surrender yields seven (7) NPA Regulars, fourteen (14) Militia ng Bayan (MB) and Sixty-five (65) members of Underground Mass Organizations (UGMOs) surrendered to the government on September 11, 2019 in Barangay Lawan-lawan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

The surrenderors also turned-in three (3) high-powered firearms. These are composed of One (1) M16, one (1) Carbine and one (1) Garand rifles.

The surrender was followed by burning of CPP-NPA Flag which signifies that they will not be deceived by the group anymore. It was subsequently followed by the declaration of Persona Non Grata against the CPP-NPA-NDF and its Allied Organizations.

The declaration was made by the Barangay Council, Tribal Council and members of CADT 118, Higaonon Tribe of Barangay Lawan-lawan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte through a Tribal Resolution Number 11 (series of 2019).

Datu Bawang Eddie Ampiyawan, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representattive of Agusan del Norte, stressed that “I salute you for returning to the government and helping in attaining peace. I am thankful to the Tribal Leaders of Higaonon who united for peace. When there is peace, there will be no hindrance to development. The NPAs are weak without the support of the IPs. Without the support of the IPs, the armed revolutionary movement of the NPAs will be gone.”

Moreover, Mayor Avelina S. Rosales of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte states that “You were once deceived by the propaganda and false ideologies of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Now that you are enlightened about the program of the government, I hope that you will continue and be sincere in going back to the folds of the law so that you can live peacefully with your family.”

Lieutenant Colonel Francisco L Molina, Commanding Officer, 23rd Infantry Battalion said “With the efforts of our National and local government and the sincere participation of our Tribal Leaders in ending local communist armed conflict, we expect for influx of Regular CNTs, MBs and UGMO members to surrender to the government and to express their support for peace and development in their respective community.”