NPA Arsonists surrender in Sultan Kudarat

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PRESIDENT QUIRINO, Sultan Kudarat— Two members of the CPP-NPA terrorist movement surrendered to government troops in Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat, January 13.

Lt. Col. Harold M Cabunoc, Commanding Officer of the 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion, presented the former rebels to Lt. Col. Jorge Garcia, Commanding Officer of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 2, during a flag raising ceremony held at Makabayan Battalion’s headquarters of said town. 

The surrenderors handed over two 9mm M11 Ingram Submachine Pistols during the ceremony.

In his remarks, Lt Col Cabunoc urged the surrenderors to collaborate with the government authorities in solving community problems. “You must take part in addressing the problems that haunt your tribal communities. Resist the intrusion of the deceptive propaganda of the communists by actively participating in peace dialogues and by supporting the implementation of development projects,” he added. 

Ka Jongie, 35, one of the surrenderors said that they realized the futility of their cause. “We were made to believe that the communists can help us claim back our ancestral lands. Instead, our involvement in the communist terrorist group had brought more suffering to us and our communities,” he said in broken Filipino.

Meanwhile, Lt Col Garcia has pledged to assist the former rebels in receiving the social benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government. 

On the otherhand, Maj Gen Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division, has cited the collaboration among military units confronting the same communist terrorist group. “You have demonstrated the template of collaboration that aligns with the principle of the unity of effort in counterinsurgency campaign. Let us ensure that these misguided lumads will be provided with appropriate support by their local chief executives as they reunite with their families,” stressed by Major General Sobejana.

Aquino, Sultan Kudarat, January 13.

Lt. Col. Harold M Cabunoc, Commanding Officer of the 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion, presented the former rebels to Lt. Col. Jorge Garcia, Commanding Officer of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 2, during a flag raising ceremony held at Makabayan Battalion’s headquarters of said town. 

The surrenderors handed over two 9mm M11 Ingram Submachine Pistols during the ceremony.

In his remarks, Lt Col Cabunoc urged the surrenderors to collaborate with the government authorities in solving community problems. 

“You must take part in addressing the problems that haunt your tribal communities. Resist the intrusion of the deceptive propaganda of the communists by actively participating in peace dialogues and by supporting the implementation of development projects,” he added. 

Ka Jongie, 35, one of the surrenderors said that they realized the futility of their cause. 

“We were made to believe that the communists can help us claim back our ancestral lands. Instead, our involvement in the communist terrorist group had brought more suffering to us and our communities,” he said in broken Filipino.

Meanwhile, Lt Col Garcia has pledged to assist the former rebels by processing them to receive the social benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government. 

Meanwhile, Maj Gen Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division, has cited the collaboration among military units confronting the same communist terrorist group. 

“You have demonstrated the template of collaboration that aligns with the principle of the unity of effort in counterinsurgency campaign. Let us ensure that these misguided lumads will be provided with appropriate support by their local chief executives as they reunite with their families,” stressed by Major General Sobejana.