Saturday, April 3, 2021

3 Reds Refuse to Honor NPA, Yield to EastMinCom Commander

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City
– In what is considered to be a bold display of their defiance to the Communist Terrorist Group, three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander MGen. Greg T. Almerol at the 402nd Infantry Brigade Headquarters in Bancasi, Butuan City instead of joining their comrades in a celebration on March 29.

The three NPA members who surrendered to the EastMinCom Commander, who happened to visit the 402nd Brigade, were identified as Squad Uno, SDG CAOCAO Team Leader alias Brake/Dante, 20, alias Nike/Max, 17, and alias Andy/Many, 26, who all hailed from Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte. They brought with them firearms including an M16 rifle with attached M203 grenade launcher and a revolver.

The yielders expressed that they were left with no choice but to surrender especially that their mass base supporters have already turned against them, making them scampering and starving for their life. They also exposed the lies and false promises of the NPA which remained unfulfilled to this date, saying that they have gained nothing from the movement but only scars, wounds, and near-death experiences.

“I join the yielders in refusing to validate the NPA’s existence by refraining from mentioning any of its significant celebrations because after all, their movement has only brought grief and death to many innocent lives especially to the members of different tribes in Eastern Mindanao,” MGen. Almerol said.

“The NPA’s violent ideology has been persecuting our people for too long. Let us not allow another Filipino citizen to fall prey to their blind cause,” MGen. Almerol reiterated, urging the public and stakeholders to continue their support in sustaining the government’s peace and security agenda.

“We have already seen that by working together, we can easily extinguish the menace that is the NPA. With everyone on board, we can expect more NPA members and their cadres surrendering in the coming days,” the EastMinCom Commander added.

All NPA members who previously surrendered to the government are already enjoying different government programs and services such as financial assistance, livelihood training, scholarship, and housing under the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) package.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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