Placer, Surigao del Norte – A member of the CPP-NPA terrorist surrendered to 30th Infantry Battalion at Barangay Cambuayon, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
Dante Bihiga Abocejo @Roy, 26 years old, a resident of Barangay Sto Rosario, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte voluntarily surrendered to 30IB troops conducting Community Support Program in Barangay Cambuayon.
Roy brought along with him an AR-18 Assault Rifle, three (3) long magzines loaded with seventy one (71) pieces of 5.56mm ammunitions.
On his revelation, Roy mentioned that one (1) of his comrade was killed by the armed group recently due to false allegations and suspicion making him fear for his life that he could be next, so he decided to surrender, “Gipatay nila ang akong usa ka kauban,
nahadlok ko basin ako ilang isunod mao nga misurender ko.”
Lt. Col. Allen Raymund C. Tomas, Commanding Officer of 30IB said “Roy is member of Platoon 2, Sandatahang Yunit Pangpropaganda 16C, Guerilla Front 16, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee operating in Bacuag. He was tasked to monitor government troops and was issued a rifle to “.
“We will coordinate with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Social Welfare and Development for the surrenderee to undergo processing and avail assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program” Lt. Col. Tomas added.
Meanwhile, Col Maurito L Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander said, “We need to act now and rescue those CNT members who are in danger and only awaiting being rescued. In our part, we intend to render NPA irrelevant to show the futility of their revolution and induce the communist insurgency to abandon the armed struggle. Once
again, we urge the remaining CNT members who were misled by deceptive and manipulative CNT leaders to surrender and stop sowing fear to communities hampering progress and development. Give peace a chance.”
It can be recalled that a former Militia ng Bayan leader who recently surrendered to the military led to the discovery of stocks of ammunition, food and other terrorist paraphernalia in Surigao City on May 25, 2019.