BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan Del Sur – “They (NPAs) are afraid to lose their mass base and popular support”. This is the reason why NPA front militant organizations exert great effort to demand the withdrawal of Community Support teams (CSTs) in the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Communities said alias Reagan in an interview today in 7th Special Forces ”Spartans” Company headquarters, Mararag, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur (SDS).
Alias Regan, 22 years old, resident of San Miguel, SDS, is a team leader of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP)-Lumad of WGF19A, NEMRC surrendered to the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion last October 15 bringing One M16A1 rifle with 40 mm M203 grenade launcher attached and assorted war materiel.
“CSP’sinformation drives about NPA deceptive tactics enlightened me. I regretted my decision to join them because I realized I wasted my time,” Regan said.
“As a propagandist of SYP-Lumad for 4 years, I was in charge of convincing IPs to join the communist armed struggle by agitating them using the existing issues affecting the tribe. I tell them that the only way to resolve IP issues is through armed rebellion because that’s what they injected in my mind,” he added.
Regan said that the militant group, Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) and Bayan Muna party list continuously discredit the Whole-of-Nation approach to end local communist armed conflict and the CSTs in the IP community of Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon in Lianga because Andap Valley is a strategic ground for Communist NPA terrorists.
“Without the support of the masses, their (CPP/NPA) political and armed struggle will not succeed. They pretend to help the poor but the truth is they do not want the issues to be resolved by. They hamper the development of IP communities so that they will have reasons to blame the government, agitate the masses to cause endless conflict,” he said.
“The Community Support Program really hurts the NPAs because it slows down their recruitment process and cut of their supplies. That is the reason why they desperately accuse the military of abuses even when there is none,” he ended.
Acronyms: WGF19 (Weakened Guerilla Front 19), NEMRC (Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee)