Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Windfall of surrender: CNTG Leaders Surrender to Gov’t Troops

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Nine CPP-NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG), to units under Eastern Mindanao Command the past days.

Two commanding officers, one squad leader, two team leaders, two medics and one supply officer yielded to 26th Infantry Battalion under Ltc. Romeo C. Jiminea at Talacogon, Agusan Del Sur on March 3, 2019.

Accordingly, the CNTGs who surrendered are members of the CNTG being monitored in the boundary of Compostela Valley and Agusan Sur.

They handed-over assorted firearms and explosives which include; two M16 rifles, two US Garand rifles, one US Carbine rifle, one Improvised M79 Grenade Launcher, three Caliber 45 pistols, one improvised anti-personnel mine, and one hand grenade.

Tonton (not his real name), one of the squad leaders, said their decision came after witnessing the surrender of their former comrades in December last year, who were subsequently assisted and provided with necessary support through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

He also claimed to have gotten tired of violence, and from running and hiding due to the intensified security operations being conducted by government troops and the pressure of the communities.

In a separate instance, six CNTG occupying various leadership position surrendered to the 75th Infantry Battalion under Ltc. Jaime Datuin at Bgy. Maharlika, Bislig City, Surigao Del Sur.

Accordingly, the surrenderees composed of one Commander of a Sub-Regional Guerilla Unit, one Political Officer, Platoon Leader, Platoon Guide and two Team Leader from a Sub-Regional Guerrilla Unit in the South Eastern Surigao and Northern Davao Oriental yielded with the help of their relatives and communities.

They brought with them, one AK47, one M16 rifle, two caliber 45 pistols, two caliber 38, two hand grenades, landmine, and landmine paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander, Eastern Mindanao Command debunked George Madlos on his claim that the windfall of surrender in Eastern Mindanao is fake.

"These surrenders can attest that real members of the CNTG who are giving up are real and not fake. We call on Mr. Madlos to wake up from reality that they are losing people brought about by the sincerity of the government to resolve issues compared to false promises that the CNTG are articulating. Instead, join them and abandon his futile revolutionary armed struggle while there is time," he said.

The former CPP-NPA Terrorists are now undergoing necessary procedures to facilitate their inclusion in the E-CLIP.

BGen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander, 4th Infantry Division, welcome the surrender and that his command in partnership with other government agencies is putting their acts together to promote a just and long-lasting peace in its area of jurisdiction particularly in the conflict-affected and vulnerable areas.

Brig. Gen. Andres C. Centino, Commander of 401st Brigade who is leading the peace effort in Surigao Sur and Agusan Sur is optimistic that the more surrenders will come, brought about by peace initiatives of other Government agencies and the implementation of comprehensive Community Support Programs backed by intensified security operations.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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