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New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province – At the height of the Season’s festivities, Alias Cory, 25 years old, single, Mandaya, the Vice Commander of the platun Basil, Pulang Bagani Command 8, surrendered to the operating troops of 66IB at vicinity Sitio
Trucat, Brgy Panansalan, Compostela, CVP. On the following day, through the efforts of @ Cory, his companion identified as @ JB, a demolition specialist, also surrendered. Few days after, with the joint efforts of @ Cory and JB, @ Aldrin, 17 years old, single, a
resident of Malita Davao Occidental, Team Leader, Segunda, Basil and @ Datu/Jeffrey, 19 years old, a resident of San Fernando, Bukidnon, Team Leader, Primera, Basil both of PBC 8, Sub-Regional Committee 1, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee also surrendered.

The surrender of said NPA members is a result of the pressure of sustained Focused Military Operations conducted by the 66th Infantry (Kabalikat) Battalion. The battalion had been relentlessly conducting series of operations against the armed groups operating in the boundaries of Davao Oriental and COMVAL Province. During the
interviews conducted to said surrenderors, it appeared that the reasons of their surrender are fatigue and distress due to the hardships in the armed movement, dissatisfaction in the organization due to irrational decisions, leadership crisis and the hope to start a new life in the mainstream society as being enjoyed by their former comrades who have earlier surrendered. Likewise, their surrender yielded to the capture of the following war material; one (1) M653 rifle (defaced), one (1) caliber .45mm pistol (SN: 139358),two (2) Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), four (4) blasting caps, fifty (50) meters wire, two (2) packs batteries, assorted medical items (Local Anesthesia and
Gauze pads), cash amounting to six thousand five hundred pesos intended for their supplies, personal belongings and subversive documents with high intel value One (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED)

LTC PALMER M PARUNGAO INF (GSC) PA of the Army’s 66th Infantry (Kabalikat) Battalion, said “It is so timely in HIS time, that as we celebrated the yuletide season, our brothers came down in good faith, surrendering to the battalion and have the opportunity to dine with us during our “Noche Buena” and “Media Noche”. This clearly
manifests our sincere and diligent efforts in dealing with our rebel returnees, sending them a message that surrender does not entail death but rather an opportunity for a new life.”

“To all Kabalikat troopers, the continuous influx of surrender shows your excellent and effective efforts in your Information Operations. Proper handling of these Former Rebels surely contributes to our success in our campaign. Keep up the good work.” COL MANUEL V. SEQUITIN INF (MNSA) PA, Commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade said.

“I recognize the efforts of all 66IB Kabalikat troopers for another significant milestone. This is a clear manifestation of your high motivation in performing your duties in defeating our adversaries. The reduction in manpower of our enemies and their firepower will surely be a significant development as we exhaust all efforts to put this to
an end. Good job!” BGEN JOSE C FAUSTINO JR AFP Commander of the 10th Infantry Division added.

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