Saturday, September 12, 2020

Former NPA Members and Supporters in Mawab Town Pledge Loyalty to the Gov’t

MAWAB, Davao de Oro - A total of 150 members of the underground mass organization and regular New People's Army (NPA) members break free from the clutches of insurgency and pledge loyalty to the Republic of the Philippines during the closing program held at Lorenzo National High School, Mawab, Davao de Oro on September 11, 2020.

During the program, a testimony of Joy (not her real name), a medic of the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) of the Southern Regional Committee 2 (SRC 2) shared that she joined the NPA because she was assured of financial support to her 2 children. 

"Tagaan daw ko nila og 800 pesos matag usa nako ka anak, mao misulod ko kay single mom man pod ko", she said in her dialect. (They promised financial support of Php 800 pesos for each of my 2 children, so I joined as it would be of help for me as a single mother.) Joy left the NPA when she learned that the support was cut off several months after she joined.

The other 2 testimonies from alias Tatay, president of the farmers union in the whole "ComVal" and alias Silyo, SP sa lokalidad sa Concepcion underscored that they were convinced that the "pakigbisog" or the revolution was for them. To their dismay, they only witnessed 'corruption' in their underground mass organization.

Meanwhile, Mawab Mayor Ruperto Gonzaga III was elated because the participants answered the call of the government to start anew and live a peaceful life with the government.

Davao de Oro 2nd District Rep. Ruwel Peter S. Gonzaga urged everyone to contribute to the peace building by telling authority the whereabouts of the remaining insurgents and more importantly by staying loyal to the government.

LTC Sonny E Gonzales, Commanding Officer of the 71st Infantry KAIBIGAN Battalion (71IB), emphasized that peace and order is not just an obligation of the men in uniform but a shared responsibility. "Denouncing the CPP-NPA and re-assuring the government of your loyalty is a good start in attaining genuine peace where the next of our generation will be the ones to benefit", he added.

Col Glen Jun C Calambuhay, Deputy Brigade Commander of the 1001st Infantry PAGASA Brigade also congratulated all the participants for their courage of choosing to start anew.

Of the 150 participants, 10 were former regular NPA members, 40 Sangay ng Partido (SP) sa Lokalidad, 30 Milisya ng Bayan, and 70 mere mass supporters from the barangays of Andili, Concepcion, Sawangan, and Malinawon in this town.

They underwent 3-day lectures and workshops which includes psychosocial, spiritual enhancement, programs and services of the national government agencies; TESDA, DOLE, DTI, DA, and DSWD.

Communist NPA terrorist denounced early morning on the fourth day, the 150 locals conducted peace rally at the bus terminal of Mawab, Davao de Oro. They burned the flag of the CPP-NPA-NDF and the effigy of Joma Sison and signed their declaration of persona non-grata which means that they will no longer welcome the terrorists in their communities.

This denotes their full support to the government while rejecting the Communist NPA Terrorists.

Similar activities were also conducted the other month in the municipalities of Mabini and Maco both of Davao de Oro.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 71st Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Agila, PA

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