TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Aug 21- a leader of the New Peoples Army (NPA) Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) had voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion yesterday, August 20, 2019, at H36IB, Brgy Dayoan, Tago, this province.
The surrendered personality is identified as @Kent, 25 yrs old, married, Manobo and a resident of So Bato. Brgy Bitaugan, San Miguel, SDS. Said NPA leader is on lie low status and a former VCO of Pltn 3, SRSDG, SRC2130 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) bringing along with him one (1) KG9 Carbine and magazine with serviceable ammunition.
Alias Kent was recruited by his relatives who is also a member of the CTGs. After a month in the movement, he became a full time member and promoted to higher position as Vice CO of a platoon. After years of serving, he decided to go on lie low and became the Sangay ng Partido sa Localidad (SPL) and at the same time serving as the CO of Milisya ng Bayan(MB) of SYP-I, SRC 2130.
Due to the intensive combat operation, the armed group was disbanded and Alias Kent lost his contact to the Communist Terrorist Group. He decided to surrender because he learned that some of his comrades in the movement who are also from his community already surrendered and returned to the folds of the law. Also, thru the negotiation efforts of some rebel returnees, LGU San Miguel and intervention of the 36IB, he was convinced to lay down his arms.
In his statement, Ltc Xerxes Trinidad, Commander, 36IB said that the surrender is a result of the relentless military combat operation in the 36IB area of operation and the pursuit of localized peace negotiation to the terrorist group.