Friday, December 25, 2020

Desire to spend Christmas with family urged 3 NPA combatants to surrender in MisOr

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental
- Another three (3) active members of the New People's Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to the troops of 58th Infantry "Dimalulupig" Battalion at Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion, Claveria, Misamis Oriental last December 10, 2020.

The NPA combatants were identified as Ben Domino Hangadon alias Kiram, 37 years old, and the Vice Squad leader of Sub-Section Guerilla Unit (SSGU), North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC). He brought along with him one (1) M16 with Serial No. 9064286. The second is his 30-year-old wife, Ana Mansinugdan Hangadon who is a Political Instructor (PI) of the same unit. Both are from Brgy Lawan-lawan, Las Nievez, Agusan Del Norte.

The other one is Jonel Talija Binongkasan alias Cardo, 20 years old from Sitio Sioan, Malinao, Gingoog City and a member of SYP Sikop, Guerilla Front (GF4A), NCMRC. He also yielded one (1) M16 with a defaced serial number.

According to alias Jai-jai, they decided to surrender to the government authority because they wanted to spend Christmas with their families.

"For more than 12 years of my stay in the organization, I was not given a chance to spend Christmas with my family. Instead of having rest and nourishing the holiday with my family, I spend it with nonstop walking in the mountain with my comrades chasing for nothing," said alias Jai-jai.

"The soldiers are continuous in hunting us down and many of our comrades died during encounters with government troops. That is why we decided to return to the folds of the law because we do not want to die in a battle that we cannot win," said alias Cardo.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB welcomed the surrenderees and congratulated them for choosing their families over their comrades and peace over conflict. "The recent surrenders of the NPA show the gradual downfall of the communist terrorist groups and reflects the effective implementation of the Executive Order (EO70) which institutionalizes the whole of nation approach to end insurgency in the country."

"I urge the other rebels to come home before Christmas and feel the real spirit of Christmas. Give up what you are fighting and give yourselves a time to feel the peace, joy, and love of your families this coming Christmas. Rest assured that we will ensure your safety as well as your families," Lt. Col. Canatoy said.

The surrenderees will be assisted in their enrollment in the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) so that they could avail the package of benefits under it.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 58th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamon, PA

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