CAMP MONTECLARO, Miagao Iloilo– A CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 61ST Infantry (Hunter) Battalion, Saturday, May 02, 2020 at Camp Monteclaro, Barangay Igtuba, Miagao Iloilo.
Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict G Batara, the Commanding Officer of 61IB identified the surrenderee as alias KEN (not his true name), 20 years old, a resident of Miagao, Iloilo and was a member of Suyak(SDG) Platoon, Southern Front, KR-Panay.
KEN on his voluntary narration of events claimed that he was just fetching water when armed men approached him and offered scholarship and free education if he will join their group. He accepted the offer thinking he can continue his studies. Later did he know that he was already a full-time member of the NPA when he together with other recruits were forced to pledge for the armed revolution. They were shocked when they were forced to hold arms and ordered to conduct a tactical offensive against the government troops.
His world torn apart when the clash transpired between troops of 61IB and members of CTGs at So Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miagao, Iloilo on April 18, 2020, where many of his comrades were captured. After surviving the said encounter, KEN decided to run away and returned to their home.
The face of KEN’s mother cannot be drawn when he saw his child went home anxiously shaking. She then asked for help from their Barangay officials who assisted him in coming to the headquarters of 61IBn.
Ken on his voluntary narration of events claimed that he was already sick with the lies and promises of the armed group; he realized that he was deceived and the ideology he followed gave him nothing but trouble. All he wanted for now, is to clear his name and have a better future, a realization that gave him the courage to voluntarily return himself to the folds of the law.
“Nothing can beat the love of a mother for her child. I am glad that KEN chose to live with his family. Rest assured that we will help him in the best way that we can for him to live a peaceful and normal life.” LTC Batara said.