Malapatan, Sarangani Province – Another two (2) male NPA members voluntarily surrendered to the 73rd Infantry “Neutralizer” Battalion yesterday, May 10, 2020. The surrender is due to the continuous effort of the unit in the implementation of its Community Support Program.
The two NPA were identified as @Jobel and @Lala, both residents of Brgy Sapu Padidu, Malapatan, Sarangani Province and members of Platoon South, WGF TALA, FSMR. @Lala brought with him one (1) M653 Elisco.
According to @Lala, they were influenced by the communist terrorists that the military is abusive and cruel. “Most of our companions already surrendered and were not beaten. They now have a better life. It only proves that the communist terrorist organization is just exploiting and gives us false hope of a better future.” @Lala said
@Jobel, on the other hand, was grateful because his family received food packs from the government, especially the personnel of 73IB. “I had a conversation with my family back then, and even though I am a communist terrorist, the government did not let my family die in hunger. With this, I concluded that the government is sincere and willing to help us,” he stated.
The wife of @Jobel had a conversation with him through a mobile phone. According to @Jobel, he was convinced by his wife to surrender because she wants their family to be reunited to overcome the pandemic.
“The WGF TALA is on the verge of collapse as they are losing their regular members and fighters. With this, we are asking the help of our former rebels to persuade the remaining NPA members to voluntarily surrender while they still have the chance. We opt our community to be peaceful and harmonious amid this pandemic crisis.” Lt. Col. Ronaldo G Valdez, Commander of 73IB, said.