CAMP SANG-AN, Zamboanga del Sur – An NPA Guerrilla Front Secretary and three of her comrades’ surrendered to Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Brgy. Lower Baluran, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay Province, Thursday, September 24, 2020.
Cinderella Yursua also known as alias “Ason/Alice/Cora/Sonia, the Front Secretary of the defunct Flex B and GF 13 of Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee, surrendered herself to Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th IB Commander.
Three others were identified as Mercy Fabillar y Alvares or known as “Cindy/Nicole” a team leader; Liezel Ann Culot y Caňete or known as “Mayang/Jessa” a Medic; while Candido Cabillo y Pormento, a known underground NPA organizer.
According to Lt. Col. Templonuevo, series of encounters with government forces and the relentless operations led them to surrender.
It was also found out during the custodial debriefing that husbands of Yursua and Alvares were both killed in a separate clash with the troops.
Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay, expressed his delight on the surrender of the four communist terrorist member.
“We always remind the communist terrorist group that the government is sincere in its programs and will expend all its efforts just to defeat the decades-long insurgency”, said Brig. Gen. Nicolas.
Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, the 1st Infantry Division commander, urged the surrenderees to join hands with the government in its peace and development efforts.
“We all know how experienced you are in mass-based organizing, and we encouraged you to help us in our community development efforts, especially in the geographically isolated areas where you considered it as your safe haven and where most of your fighter came from”, said Maj. Gen. Ponio.