CAMP MONTECLARO, Miagao Iloilo- Unbearable hunger in the mountains forced another NPA recruit involved in Cabalaunan clash in Miagao, Iloilo to surrender to the Army’s 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, Commanding Officer of the 61IB, identified the surrenderee as alias Dodot, 18 years old of Sibalom, Antique and a member of Suyak (SDG) Platoon, Southern Front, KR-Panay.
Alias Dodot is the second surrenderee of the 61IB who has an involvement in the said clash. The first one is alias Ken, a 20 year-old new recruit of the CNTs’ Suyak Platoon who yielded to 61IB after surviving the encounter at Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miagao, Iloilo last April 18, 2020.
Dodot claimed that he and his friends were invited by certain ALAS to wander in the forest. They immediately accepted the invitation thinking that they will go for an adventure in the mountains of Antique.
They found out later that they are with the group of the NPAs when they were indoctrinated about the armed revolution.
Dodot also admitted that he was in the area when the clash transpired between the troops of the 61IB and members of the communist-terrorist group at Sitio Anoy. After the said encounter, Dodot decided to run away and return to home.
Upon seeing her son’s situation, Dodot’s mother then asked for help from their Barangay Officials to assist them in coming to the headquarters of 61IB.
“The consecutive surrender of these NPAs clearly shows the futility of armed struggle. Those who waged this senseless fight are now fully aware that there is no such thing as “life” inside the movement; only hell and agony,” LTC Batara said.
Futher, Batara encouraged the remaining members of the communist-terrorist group to surrender just like what their comrade did. “Dodot’s resolve to surrender is the right thing to do especially during this tough time where home is still the best refuge to stay away from the COVID-19. You can do the same to regain your future and be with your family again,” he added.