TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 17 -- The Communist New People's Army (NPA) Terrorist (CNT) leadership is crumbling down in Surigao del Sur as CNT leaders and supporters surrendered to Army's 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion (36IB) at the battalion headquarters in Barangay Dayoan, Tago of this province.
A former mess officer of Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) Platoon, Guerilla Front (GF) 30 alias Justine and his wife, a mass supporter, voluntarily surrendered to 36IB on October 2, 2019. They brought along with them one KG9, an empty magazine, and a hand grenade.
On October 3, 2019, another two NPA leaders identified as alias Julian/Ronnie, a commanding officer of Platoon 8, Weakened Guerilla Front 19 (WFG 19), North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) and Libra/Marquez, team leader Abe, Squad 2, Sub-Region Sentro de Grabidad (SRSDG) Platoon 2, Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 1419, NEMRC, and a civilian from Carromata, San Miguel and an active Milisya ng Bayan (MB) member voluntarily surrendered to 36IB commander Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad.
Alias Julian/Ronnie brought along with him one M16 rifle and a magazine with 13 ammunition. He revealed that he decided to surrender due to distrust in their organization's leadership and integrity, and that most of them are already surrendering to the government.
He said they have experienced hardship inside the communist movement and the lost struggle of his fellow "tribu" who were deceived by the CPP-NPA and were fighting for a lost cause.
It can be recalled that alias Hasan, a former squad leader of Squad Uno, Platoon 8, GF 19 NEMRC also surrendered to this unit last January 1, 2019 and has already received the assistance through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) as the government's intervention package for former rebels. The CNTs have learned the genuine offer of the government towards achieving peace in their communities.
Lt. Trinidad said that "the series of surrender among the communist terrorist group (CTG) to the government is a clear manifestation that they are crumbling down and will soon become irrelevant to the peace-loving community of Surigao del Sur. The government's thrust for genuine peace has awakened not just the community but also the regular members of the CNTs to include their ground leaders who were deceived by the CPP-NPA and were blinded by false ideologies."
The surrenderers will be processed and validated for enrollment to the E-CLIP, the government intervention package for former rebels. (1Lt Jonald Romorosa, CMO, 36IB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)