“Botyok was tired and hungry when he yielded. He said that they suffered leadership and fighters’ breakdown due to numerous surrenderors that were assisted by our unit,” said Lieutenant Colonel Marlowe Patria, the commander of the 53rd Infantry Battalion, who facilitated the surrender of the 27-year-old medic to the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur on January 20.
Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, the commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, vowed to facilitate the enrollment of Botyok to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program to ensure his return to the mainstream society.
“Last year, forty communist terrorists surrendered to our unit,” added Lieutenant Colonel Patria.
Botyok underwent a custodial debriefing conducted by the troops of the JTF ZamPeLan.
Meanwhile, Major General Roseller Murillo, the JTF Zampelan Commander, commended the efforts of the troops for facilitating the surrender of the NPA medic and encouraged remaining communist terrorists to return to the folds of the law and to spend a normal and peaceful life with their families.
“The massive surrender of communist terrorists in Zamboanga Peninsula is a major development in our campaign to debase and cripple the terrorist group and eventually defeat insurgency in Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.