Amid the relentless pursuit operations conducted by the Joint Task Force Central troops, 10 more NPA militants yield to the troops of the 1st Marine Battalion Landing Team 7 (MBLT-7) led by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Baylon in Upi, Maguindanao on Tuesday (March 5).
Said surrenderors affirmed the resentful system of the New People’s Army of merely propagating lies to the Teduray people in the Municipality of Upi.
The successful surrender was facilitated by the troops of the MBLT-7 in coordination with the officials of Barangay Rifao, Upi, Maguindanao.
The ten were members of the NPA squad Primera led by Cesar Marcos Manguda a.k.a Commander Amina/Alas of the Cherry Mobile Platoon, Guerilla Front 73 operating in the municipalities of Lebak and Kalamansig, all of Sultan Kudarat Province.
Subject surrenderors turned over two AK47 rifles, one M16 rifle, one hand grenade, and assorted ammunitions.
They were subsequently presented to Brigadier General Eugenio V. Hernandez, Commander, 1st Marine Brigade, North Upi Mayor Ramon Piang, and South Upi Mayor Reynalbert Insular at the headquarters of MBLT-7 in Sitio Plateau, Barangay Mirab, Upi, Maguindanao.
“We are tired of hiding, worn out of hunger and fatigue, and dissatisfied of the NPA ideology,” expressed by Jerome a.k.a Jun-Jun, one of the surrenderors.
The LGUs of North and South Upi provided the initial financial assistance to the surrenderors and included them in the municipal payroll as casual employees with a monthly compensation amounting to Php5, 000.00.
“Ang inyong Marine Battalion Landing Team-7 ay kaagapay ng ating mga kapatid na minsa’y naligaw ng landas patungo sa kanilang pagbabalik-loob at pagbabagong buhay,” said LtC Baylon.
Joint Task Force Central Commander Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana welcomed the former rebels and assured that if they are eligible, they may avail the E-CLIP of the government for them to start a new life with their families.
“Our intensified efforts through combat operations and information disseminations against terrorist group with the support of all local chief executives and other stakeholders encourage more the rebels to surrender,” Major General Sobejana added.
Subject surrenderors are currently undergoing custodial debriefing.
“It is good that the former NPA militants who surrendered have realized the true nature of their group’s intentions,” said WestMinCom Chief Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega.
“Gone are the days wherein people easily believe in their lies and propaganda. All their devious intentions and resolves are already made known to the public,” LtGen Dela Vega added.
The E-CLIP program of the government intended for those who surrendered continues.
“We would like to encourage those who are still hiding in their lairs, now is the time for you to join the rest of your former comrades who have decided to return to the folds of the law,” LtGen Dela Vega concluded.