PLACER, Surigao del Norte- A total of 396 New People’s Army (NPA) supporters from the different towns of Surigao del Norte surrendered to 30th Infantry Battalion on July 4, 2019.
The surrenders are composed of 37 Sangay sa Partido Lokal (SPL) or local party members, 46 Militia ng Bayan (MB), 146 Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members and 167 mass supporters. The mass surrender happened same day in two separate occasion, 244 in Malimono town while the other 152 surrendered at 30IB headquarters in Sta Cruz, Placer, SDN.
Thru the effort of the Community Support Teams of 30IB in cooperation with the LGU in Malimono town, the 244 NPA supporters underwent a deradicalization seminar before taking their oath of allegiance in front of the Municipal Hall of Malimono with Mayor Wallace Senaca presiding the oath-taking.
Eleven (11) assorted firearms were also surrendered by MBs to Mayor Senaca and Lieutenant Colonel Allen Tomas on the said day.
“Ang atin pong pagtitipon ngayon ay walang ibang hinahangad kun di ang pagkakaisa,pagkakaunawaan, kapayapaan at kaunlaran. Hangad ko po sa inyong lahat na nawa’y ang pagkakaisa natin ngayon ay magbubukas sa inyong lahat ng mas magandang mga oportunidad at pantay na karapatan sa mga biyaya na maibibigay ng ating
gobyerno”, Mayor Senaca said.
“Walang iba’ng hangarin ang ating gobyerno kundi ang maibigay ang mga basic services na kinakailangan ng taumbayan”, he added.
Alyas Gabriela, one of the surrenderee said to her fellow supporters that they need to stop supporting the NPA, “undangon na nato ang pag suporta sa CPP-NPA-NDF og ilabina sa organisasyon sa NAMASUN nga maoy nag ilad sa atoa aron magamit kita sa pag rally sa syudad og ato nang isalikway ang hukbo sa atong barangay”, she said in local dialect.
Meanwhile, 152 NPA supporters from Surigao City, Tagana-an, San Francisco and Sison town voluntarily surrendered to 30IB headquarters and disclosed significant information that are very helpful in our intent to identify supporters and track the CNTs.
“The massive surrenders of NPA supporters were attributed to the combined efforts of the development programs of the AFP thru its Community Support Program, creation of Peace and Development Zone to counter insurgency in CARAGA; and the intensified campaign of Local Government Units in leading their constituents to stop supporting the NPA and its failed ideology urging them instead to support the government in the fight to end insurgency” Lt. Col Allen Raymund C Tomas, Commanding Officer of 30IB said.
On his part, Col Maurito L Licudine, the 402nd Brigade Commander said that the continuous influx of surrenders in Surigao del Norte can be attributed to the influence of alias RD who earlier yielded to the troops of 30IB. He said that RD made the new surrenderers understands the deception and manipulation he had done in order to
recruit them and support their cause.
“Peaceful resolution of conflict is the best way to address the pressing issues confronting us today. We are very elated because not only the people are awakened but leaders are openly taking a stand against the CNTs. Clearly, the Whole of Nation Approach under EO70 which seeks to bring about concerted effort among stakeholders is gaining headway in our campaign to end local communist armed conflict”, said Licudine.
We urge the CNTs and other supporters to take this opportunity where our government have given prime importance to those who will decide to end their armed struggle.
Avail the E-CLIP for a new start in life “, Col Licudine ended.