Friday, February 22, 2019

Female Rebel Leaders enrolled in E-CLIP

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Four members of terrorist armed group NPA who voluntarily surrendered to the 1st Special Forces Battalion under Ltc. Sergio Macarandan based in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon were formally enrolled in the Government program's Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program yesterday, February 21, 2019.

The enrolment came after their confession as members of the NPA which was administered by lawyers from the Public Attorneys Office to the Provincial Prosecutor in Bukidnon.

In a report made by Col. Edgardo Y. De Leon to MGen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, he indicated that the four were frustrated due to the contradictions between what is being preached and what is actually happening inside the CPP-NPA, which made them decide to quit and join the folds of the law.

Accordingly, the four have been recruiting residents of western Bukidnon and in urban areas of Cagayan de Oro City to join the underground and armed group during their stint with the terrorist organization and have also served in different capacities.

The surrenderees were identified as JAI-JAI, a Political Officer of an NPA Platoon voluntarily surrendered on February 14, 2019; and a mother and daughter identified as alias Diding, 63 years old, and Jao, 34 years old, both staffs of the Regional Urban Committee in North Central Mindanao surrendered on February 11, 2019.

On the other hand, LALA, 34 years old, a Finance Officer and Platoon Political Instructor of an NPA Platoon voluntarily surrendered last January 21, 2019. She turned-in assorted medical and dental kits such as medicines which she used to treat NPA terrorists injured in encounters with government troops; cellphones and an ACER tablet that are now undergoing "contents forensics and analysis."

Meanwhile, MGen Santos Jr. expressed his full support for the advocacy of BGen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander of 4th Infantry Division for a 'Peaceful War' which seeks to reach out the vulnerable sectors, the influenced masses, and those recruited into the armed group to gain their support in establishing a peaceful community.

"We do not need to kill each other after all we are all Filipinos, our issues are being addressed by the government. In support to the advocacy, I encourage all our units to assist the communities and act as ambassadors of peace and development in our communities in partnership with different stakeholders to end this conflict once and for all," MGen Santos Jr. said.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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