Monday, August 10, 2020

NPA false promises prompt members' surrender

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental - After realizing that they were living and pursuing a vague destination, four members of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) operating in the area of Bukidnon-Misamis Oriental returned to the folds of the law through negotiation efforts of the 58th Infantry Battalion and were declared as surrenderees on August 06, 2020.

The surrenderees were identified as alias JB, 33 years old, a resident of So. Pulahon, Brgy. Hagpa, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon; alias Miya, 20 years old, resident of So. Mintapod, Brgy. Hagpa, Impasug-ong Bukidnon; as alias Ronald, 53 years old, resident of P-2, Brgy. Bunal, Salay, Misamis Oriental and a member of Squad 2; and alias Rose, 40 years old, a resident of P-3, Brgy Ili-ilihon, Salay, Misamis Oriental, a Supply Officer.

They brought along with them one Garand rifle and one M16 rifle.

According to alias Miya, she joined the terrorist group after being deceived that they will give her free education, having been poor and unable to afford for her studies.

“Ang giingon sa akoa, muoban ko matagaan daw ko ug maayong kaugmaon kay naghatag sila ug maayong edukasyon labi na sa mga kabatan-unan. Ug tungod sa gusto nako nga makaiskwela nga libre ang tanan kay wali mi kwarta, nag uban ako sa ila.” (They said that if I join them, I will be given a better life because they offer quality education, especially to the youth. And because of poverty and my desire to have free education, I joined them.)

“Pero sa pag-anha naku sa bukid, gutom ug kakapoy akong nakuha. Busa nakaamgo ko na wala gyud ko mahimo na kalambuan sa akong kinabuhi didto. Sa walay pagduha-duha nag uban gyud ko sa akong uyoan nga mag surrender sa kasundaluhan,” she added. (But I only experienced hunger and exhaustion when I joined them. So, I realized that there my life will never improve if I continue with them (NPA). Without hesitation, I decided to surrender to the army together with my uncle.)

Meanwhile, alias Ronald encouraged the people, especially the vulnerable ones that they should not be deceived with the propaganda of the NPA.

“Pasabot nila nga mas maayu ang kinabuhi sa kabukiran kay matubag ang problema sa ekonomiya, libre hospital ug hatagan ug yuta pero sa unom katuig nga akoang pakikibaka, akong nakita nga bisan usa walay nasulbad.” (They said that life is better in the mountains when you join them because the economic problems will be solved, they have free hospitalization and members will be given land for free. But for 6 years in the revolutionary movement, none were solved.)

In a statement, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB said that he was glad that the CNTs have now realized who the real government is.

"I am grateful that they voluntarily surrendered. I hope that this increase of surrender will continue so that we can achieve sustainable peace and development of the country," he said.
The surrenderees are at the custody of 58IB while the unit, together with other concerned agencies, process their requirements in their enrollment to E-CLIP.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 58th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, PA

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