CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Three (3) members of the NPA including a father-and-son surrendered to 38th Infantry (WE CLEAR) Battalion in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.
According to Lt. Col. Anhouvic Atilano, Commanding Officer of 38IB, the father-and-son known as alias ‘Dennis’ and ‘Kalbo’ are members of Platoon Cherrymobile of Sub-Regional Committee Daguma. The duo laid down their arms last March 17, 2021 to the Community Support Program (CSP) Teams of 38IB deployed at Barangay Napnapon in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat bringing along a shotgun and a caliber .45 pistol with six (6) rounds of ammunition.
Meanwhile, the other member of the Communist Terrorist NPA who surrendered to 38IB is a 37-year-old squad leader of SRC Daguma who returned to the folds of the government in the same barangay last March 20, 2021. Identified as alias ‘Jose’, the former rebel surrendered to the CSP Teams deployed in the area bringing along a caliber .38 pistol with five (5) rounds of ammunition.
The surrenderers revealed that more of their companions are soon to go down and go back to the folds of the government. “Sa halip na magandang buhay, mas masahol pa sa bilanggo ang aming naranasan sa loob ng kilusan, nariyan ang gutom, pagod at pangungulila sa natitira pa naming pamilya” the former rebels said.
Lt. Col. Atilano said that the series of surrenders were realized through the support of the Local Government Unit of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. “In close partnership with the LGU, these former rebels are now being processed for the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) so they may receive aid from the government and start a new and peaceful life” Lt. Col. Atilano said.
Col. Eduardo Gubat, Commander of the 603rd Infantry Brigade was elated with the series of surrenders and commended the operating troops, Community Support Program Teams, and the LGU of Palimbang for their concerted efforts that led to the successful surrender of the said personalities.
Major General Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantry (KAMPILAN) Division commended the officers and personnel of 38IB for the series of surrenders of Communist Terrorists NPAs in the area. “With the help of our partners from the Local Government Units, more and more former rebels will denounce the lies and propaganda of the NPA, go back to mainstream society, and live a peaceful life with their families. These series of surrenders are clear manifestations of our efforts in winning the peace and development in South and South-Central Mindanao“ Maj. Gen. Uy added.