An 18-year-old communist terrorist surrendered to soldiers of the 10th Infantry Battalion in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental on January 21.
“Jessie surrendered because he was desperate and tired of the regulations and the illegal activities of the group,” said Lieutenant Colonel John Andrada, the 10th Infantry Battalion Commander.
Since 2018, seventy-one communist terrorists yielded to the 10IB troops under the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan.
Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, the 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, said that with the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program, they expect more communist terrorists to surrender to authorities in the coming days.
Jessie underwent a custodial debriefing facilitated by the troops.
“The youth is the hope of our future. The local populace, stakeholders and concerned agencies should be wary of the NPA’s propaganda and recruitment of our youth,” said Major General Roseller Murillo, the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander.
On January 20, Botyok, an NPA medic, surrendered to soldiers of the 53rd Infantry Battalion in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
“We decry the communist terrorists’ ploy of enticing the youth to fight the government for their vested interests. We are pushing this anti-insurgency campaign to reach out to young rebels to surrender, to trust the government, and to build their dreams on the right track,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.