MALITA, Davao Occidental – Two NPA combatant voluntarily surrendered to the 73rd Infantry (Neutralizer) Battalion last Thursday, 14 November 2019 with four (4) High-powered firearms. The two (2) were identified as @JIMBOY surrendered one (1) M4 Carbine, and one (1) M16, while @LOPE handed over two (2) M16 both Iskwad Primera, Front Guerilla Unit Platoon, Guerilla Front ALIP, Far South Mindanao Region and resident of Sitio Datal Nibong, Brgy Tagaytay, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Accordingly, they surrendered to the folds of the government as they said that they are all tired and can no longer bear the hardship they had to take when trying to survive and, at the same time, hide in the mountains. They no longer want to fight against the government forces because they know that all they can get from the communist group are failed promises from the recruiters, fear against military operations, hunger, fatigue, and family separation.

It only proves that they have come to realize how wrong and futile it is to join forces with the NPA. They were also influenced by the increasing number of NPA fighters who chose to live a peaceful life by availing the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Ronaldo G. Valdez, Commanding Officer, 73IB said. “Thus, we are reiterating our call on other NPA members to lay down their arms, surrender and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).”

“As of January this year, there were 49 New People’s Army members who surrendered to the 73rd Infantry (Neutralizer) Battalion along with 34 assorted firearms”, he added.