MAWAB, Davao De Oro – One (1) Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) surrendered to the 10th Infantry “Agila” Division at the Headquarters of the 72nd Infantry Battalion (72IB) in Arakan, North Cotabato on June 16, 2022.
The surrenderor was identified as Jestoni S Papason alias “James”, 26 years old; a resident of Purok 4A, Barangay New Cebu, President Roxas, North Cotabato, and a former member of the dismantled Guerilla Front 51. During the surrender, he brought along with him one (1) Caliber .30 M2 Carbine rifle, one (1) steel magazine loaded with ammunition; three (3) caliber .38, and one (1) homemade pistol (single shot 5.56 bullet).
10ID Commander Major General Nolasco A Mempin lauded the 72IB for their relentless efforts in going after the Communist Terrorist Groups in their area of operations. He also urged the remaining CNTs to return to the fold of the law and live a normal life together with their families.