Monday, April 22, 2019

E-CLIP Leaflet made paranoid NPAs to surrender on Holy Week

Photo by 39th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program leaflet guided six members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) in two batches to the government during the holy week at Colonsabak and Dongan Pekong, all of Matanao, Davao Del Sur respectively.

In the morning of Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, Davao del Sur Provincial Office and 39th Infantry Battalion, in a joint effort, facilitated the surrender of four CNTG members at Dongan Pekong, Matanao, Davao Del Sur after the community sought their help on the said intention of the CNTG members.

The surrenderees were identified as alias TONTON, alias CARDO, alias BUDDY and alias JOANA all elements and members of the CNTG in the above-mentioned area. They brought along with them three High Powered Fire Arms (HPFA) one Bushmaster rifle, an M203 Grenade Launcher and one baby armalite rifle.

Earlier, in the morning of Good Friday, April 19, 2019, three CNTG identified as alias Dante, a Vice Team Leader; alias Jek and Alias Garry, both elements, surrendered also with the help of the community to the same combined group of Police and Military units bringing along with them three fire arms (M16, M14 and Garand rifles) at Barangay Colonsabak, Matanao, Davao Del Sur.

The surrenderees, who were members of the CNTG being monitored in the quad boundary of Davao Del Sur, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, are part of the group that was encountered by the 39IB in Barangay Colonsabak on April 1, 2019. In their revelation they scampered to different directions and parted different ways after the intense firefight.

Accordingly, the surrenderees were in same state paranoid and were always on the run until they took hold of an E-CLIP leaflet which was dropped on April 18, 2019. This was further reinforced by an explanation by members of the community through an E-CLIP tarpaulin posted in the Barangay which made them decide to surrender in batches.

Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command expressed appreciation to the consolidated effort of the community and the security sector.

"The community acted as our ambassadors when they took effort to explain the E-CLIP to our lost brothers and sisters, a message that the NPAs should read and understand that they are not welcome in their communities" Lt. Gen. Santos said.

"Let us continue to equip our community and allow them to be our partner in building peace and resolving issues of conflict in their areas." Lt. Gen Santos added.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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