FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – Three Milisyang Bayan (MB) members surrendered to the 24th Infantry (Wildcat) Battalion at its headquarters in Lagangilang, Abra at 10:00 am, today.
The three MBs yielded two M16 rifles and one M653 rifle to 24IB.
The effective Community Support Programs (CSP) campaign of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division led to their surrender.
According to them, they were fed-up and tired of providing support to the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) with its nonsense ideology. Also, they have been longing to turn in themselves for they want to start anew with their families.
Milisyang Bayan serves as buffer used by the CTGs against the government forces.
24IB vows to give proper protection and assistance to the three MBs while they are processing for the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander, 7ID lauded the troops of 24IB and other 7ID units involved for the surrender of the MBs. He also conveyed that the gates of Kaugnay Division and its subordinate units is always open to accept rebels or Milisyang Bayan members who want to live a normal life.
Likewise, MGen Agustin said, “I urge the local government units within our area of responsibility to declare Persona Non Grata against the CTGs. Aside from being committed to the Whole of Nation Approach of EO nr. 70, the declaration somehow provides assurance to those who will surrender that the community where they belong is a safe haven not only for them but also for their family”.
“The right time to surrender to the government is yesterday but today is never too late. The last thing that we want is an encounter against the Abreños who were lured by the CTGs deception so we encourage those who are in the mountains to come down and have a normal life with your family”, said Lieutenant Colonel Jearie Boy Faminial, Battalion Commander of 24IB.
Cpt Catherine H Jubas
Chief, Division Public Affairs Office, 7ID
Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija