Placer, Surigao del Norte – A New People’s Army Commanding Officer with his wife and two (2) others operating in Surigao del Norte surrenders to the Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division.
The surrenderers were identified as Roel A Borimbao @NONAME, 37 years old, the Commanding Officer of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda 16B1 (SYP16B1), Guerilla Front 16 (GF16) NEMRC operating in Surigao City, San Francisco, Taganaan and Sison, all of Surigao del Norte. With him is his party wife identified as Roselle E Dagante @WELLA, 21 years old, Political Instructor of SYP16B1, GF16, NEMRC, Archie Milallos @RD, 35 years old, Political Instructor of SYPB2, GF16 NEMRC, and a certain Michael T Florino @MARK, 27 years old, Assistant Team Leader, Squad Dos, SYP16B1, GF16. They also surrendered with them two (2) M14 Rifles, one (1) M4-CiS rifle, one (1) AR15 M16A1 rifle, four (4) M14 magazines, two (2) M16 short magazines, two (2) anti-personnel mines, one hundred eleven (111) 5.56mm ammo and sixty four (64) 7.62mm ammo.
An NPA Commanding Officer is in charge in the NPA’s military works like tactical offensive and terroristic attacks on civilian properties while a Political Instructor (PI) is in charge of all political works to include organizing the far flung communities so they will have the material, financial, and moral support needed to advance their armed struggle. The PI is also in charge to recruit new members.
According to @NONAME; their organization is falling apart because of the losing support of the masses and chaos within the organization. He also disclosed the reason why he decided to surrender, “Dili na nako makaya ang sakripisyo ug kakapoy sa sigeng lakaw, kabug-at sa dala nga walay saktong kaon ilabina sa kamingaw nga malayo sa pamilya. Wala na ako makasabot sa balaod sa rebolusyunaryong kalihukan mao ang hinungdan nga misurrender ko.”
@NONAME urged the remaining NPA members to surrender to the folds of the law and embrace a peaceful life “Giawhag ko ang tanan na akong kauban nga naa sa kabukiran, nanghinaot ako nga managdagan kamo, kabalo ko nga gibati na mo ug kahuyang dira sa kabukiran sama sa gibati nako”.
@NONAME also called on the NPA mass supporters to stop supporting the terrorist movement, “Sa mga katawhan nga masang kabus sa mag uuma, giawhag ko kamo na undangon na nato ang pagsuporta sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan tungod kay igo lang ta nila gidula-dulaan”.
Meanwhile Lt.Col. Allen Raymund C. Tomas, Commanding Officer 30IB said, “This is a big blow to GF16. Losing @NONAME, the CO of SYP16B, would be a demoralizing factor among their ranks. The intensified conduct of CSP and pressure from combat operations in SDN eventually led to the surrender of their leaders and would pave way to other NPA members to the return to the folds of the law and choose a better life rather than continue espousing the failed ideology of communism. Muli kaming nananawagan at kumakatok sa lahat ng mga membro ng CCP/NPA na andito po ang army at ang local government unit para tulungan kayong makabalik sa matiwasay na pamumuhay bilang isang mamamayang Pilipino.”
In his statement, Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander, 402nd Brigade in Caraga said, “The surrender of a High Ranking Commander with other middle-rank leaders is a clear indication that the NPA’s in the said area are already disintegrating. We expect that Peace in those areas is forthcoming and this we owe to the people and the stakeholders who committed and continuously support the efforts of the government’s counter insurgency campaign”.
“We urge other NPA members to come out and surrender. Follow the lead of all @ Nervas since they were the one’s who made you believed and joined the NPA. Now, they have realized the futility of the armed struggle and that their dream of change cannot be achieved thru violence but only in an environment of peace free from threat and chaos”, Col Licudine ended.