BALER, Aurora – Due to hunger and fatigue in the underground movement, three (3) members of CNTs under Jose Rapsing Command that operates in Masbate Province identified as @HANSEL, S4 Logistics, Platoon Uno, @JAMES, Squad Leader, Platoon Dos, and @RINZ, member, Platoon Uno, voluntarily surrendered without firearms to joint elements of Alpha Company, 91IB led by 1LT JUN NINO ESPORA (INF) PA, Company Commander and Dingalan Municipal Police Station led by PLT CHARLES U CUARESMA, OIC at Barangay Tanawan, Dingalan, Aurora on 25 July 2020.
According to them, they were forced to join the CPP/NPA/NDF due to propaganda lies and deception of the NPA bandits in their village.
They decided to escape from terrorist group due to intensified operations of the military and sensing that there is no future while in the terrorist organization.
“Our doors are opened to those who wish to return to the government. This is also a clear manifestation that the implementation of National Task Force End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) is effective down to the Barangay level as the three (3) NPA bandits surfaced without hesitation,” LTC REANDREW P RUBIO INF (GSC) PA, said.
Likewise, BGEN ANDREW D COSTELO PA, Commander, 703rd Infantry Brigade, 7ID, PA, commended the efforts of SINAGTALA troopers for facilitating the surrender of three (3) NPA bandits.
“I urged my men to continue the pressure against the terrorists NPA and sustain the momentum so that once and for all the Province of Aurora and other Provinces in Central Luzon will be free from insurgency,” COSTELO said.