IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon – An NPA regular “Yogabs”, 21, from Barangay Ililihon, Salay, Misamis Oriental and a member of Regional Sentro de Grabidad Compaq of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee escaped and found safety to the Barangay Council of Barangay Dumalaguing, Impasugong, Bukidnon earlier today July 28, 2019.
Thinking about his family, Yogabs said he did everything to escape the NPA group last July 20, 2019. Accordingly, he was relieved when he was able to approach nearby Barangay from their encampment and talked to Punong Barangay, Hon Jonny Lunda to be turned over to the Army for his safety from his former comrades. The Barangay council immediately contacted the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion for assistance.
During a conversation with an Army personnel, Yogabs said, “Naglisod kog gawas sa rebeldeng grupo; Nadakpan ko og gihigtan kos sa punuan niadtong una ko misulay og ikyas dala akong AK47.” “Nagsugod ang tanan niadtong niapil kog rally sa Cagayan de Oro City tuig 2016 hangtud na rekrut ko nga mahimong myembro sa armadong grupo,” He added (Going out from the NPA group is very hard; I was caught and tied in a tree during my first attempt bringing my AK 47 issued rifle.” “It all started when I joined the rally in Cagayan De Oro City in 2016 until I was recruited to join the armed group.”)
LTC Ronald Illana, Commanding Officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion said, “At this time, He is safe here inside the camp, we will ensure that nothing will happen to him and that he will be seeing his family very soon.” “My gratitude goes to the Barangay Council of Dumalaguing for assisting @Yogabs, this act will serve as an example to those remaining NPA members who want to surrender and return to the folds of the law that you can go to the nearest Barangay for assistance,” He ended
Yogabs will be processed to be enrolled to the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) to recieve as much as Php 65,000.00 worth of assistance and if he is qualified, he will become a recipient of a house and lot from the National Housing Authority (NHA).