Sunday, June 2, 2019

Community Support Program yields NPA Surrenderee

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Eastern Mindanao Command Community Support Program received CPP-NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) surrenderees from different areas in Eastern Mindanao during the past days.

Noon of May 31, 2019, five regular NPAs being monitored in the boundary of Laak Compostela Valley Province and Loreto, Agusan Sur surrendered to 26IB at Brgy Poblacion, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

Led by a CNTG Platoon Commander identified as alias Javier, he brought with him other four CNTGs. They were: alias, Anne, a squad Political Officer; alias James, a Squad Leader; aliases Ricky and Yaw both elements of a platoon.

They brought along with them two M1 Carbine rifle, two shotguns, two sub-machine gun pistols, one caliber .45 pistol, and a hand grenade.

On May 30, 2019, a certain, alias Beriot/Tonyo an Assistant Squad Leader of a CNTG in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental surrendered to troops of 58th Infantry Battalion immersed in Sitio Lantad, Brgy Kibanban, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental.

On a separate instance, a certain alias Vargas of the CNTG being monitored in Impasug-ong Bukidnon yielded to the troops of 8th Infantry Battalion on May 29, 2019, after community thereat facilitated his surrender. He brought with him one M16 rifle and magazines loaded with ammunition.

On May 31, 2019, Community Support Program of 8th Infantry Battalion facilitated the surrender of 27 Militiang Bayan and the dissociation of membership of 80 members of the CNTG Underground Mass Organization in Brgy Manalog, Kibalabag & Can-ayan all of Malaybalay City and Bontongon of Impasug-ong all of Bukidnon. They are now undergoing reorientation in partnership with other government agencies.

Meanwhile, Lt. General Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, directed all units under his command to sustain the momentum by integrating other efforts of government in reaching out the members of the CNTG to return to the folds of the law.

" We should continue to support the different local peace initiatives, harness the capabilities and capacity of the different agencies in reaching out to our lost brothers and sisters and deradicalizing the affected communities to ensure the peace gains will be sustainable and durable." Lt. Gen. Santos said.

Source:  Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command

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